RSSAll Entries in the "Disability Culture" Category

"Plain Jane" Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

“Plain Jane” Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

When one of the first scenes of Jane Hash’s documentary, Plain Jane, begins, you know you’re in for wild ride. She shows all the crazy places she used to hide as a kid — a washing machine, in the kitchen sink, under furniture — and then she interviews her mother, who pulls no punches when […]

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

What’s your preference: Do you want to be described as disabled? Handicapped? Wheelchair user? PWD? Crip? You’d probably like to avoid all labels, but in our stereotype-obsessed culture, that’s impossible.  Still, Juliet Martinez , Arizona’s Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, is challenging her state to stop using terms she believes limit the perception of what people […]

Books About Disability for Children

Books About Disability for Children

When I was raising my family, I couldn’t find children’s books that addressed the issue of disability in smart, eye-opening ways. There were books on just about every other subject a child could be interested in, but none I felt would open the door for a conversation about disability in language that kids understand and […]

My Gimpy Life is Back!

My Gimpy Life is Back!

My Gimpy Life is back! My Gimpy Life is back! OMG, I’m so excited, Teal Sherer‘s My Gimpy Life is back! There will be a new episode released via YouTube every Monday at 4pm Pacific time!! Yayyyy!!! In this episode, our heroine and her weird and damply amusing roommate realize they’ve got to get real […]

The Brazilian dance troupe, Corpo em Movimento, led a workshop in Chicago.

Brazilian and American Disabled Athletes Exchange Ideas

Paralympic athletes from two different hemispheres exchange visits and learn about advocacy and friendship.

Pushing for American Girl Doll in Wheelchair

Pushing for American Girl Doll in Wheelchair

When my family was growing up a decade or so ago, American Girl dolls were big. The girls loved reading the books that told the story of a doll that represented a specific historical era. Mostly, though, they lusted after all the very expensive clothing, accessories and furniture displayed in the slick catalog. One year, […]

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

New York Times’ Linda Yablonsky recently wrote this about the artist Chuck Close: “Close, who is 73, has been bound to a motorized wheelchair since 1988, when a spinal artery collapse caused near-total paralysis. That didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for either making art or collecting it, and other things as well …” Wheelchair bound since […]

7 Awesome Roles Played by an Actor with a Disability

7 Awesome Roles Played by an Actor with a Disability

It’s no secret producers and casting agents remain hesitant to hire real disabled actors. They could have a dozen roles portraying someone with a disability to fill, and they’d still find an excuse to hire nondisabled actors. Are they nervous around people with disabilities, or do they think we’re not good enough? Of course, it […]

Five Most Positive Portrayals of Disability in the Media

Five Most Positive Portrayals of Disability in the Media

From a character who’s “just like everyone else” to one who models the acceptance arc of coping with a disability, here are my picks for the five most positive portrayals of disability in the media. “Lieutenant Dan” in Forrest Gump Forrest Gump is a classic everyone loves, and Lieutenant Dan is one of the most […]

From Push Girl to Push Goddess

From Push Girl to Push Goddess

It’s always difficult to say how someone’s life will end up after sustaining a spinal cord injury. For Sharina Jones, shot by a neighborhood kid when she was just 5 years old, she holds no ill will towards the boy, or her injury. A self-described “Push Goddess,” Sharina, nearing 30, has transformed into a strong […]