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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How do you handle the embarrassing situation when a stranger pushes your wheelchair out on the dance floor with your permission?
Last Saturday Tim Bowers was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he fell out of a tree and crushed his C3-5 vertebrae. The next day, when his paralysis was explained to him, he chose to have his breathing tube removed and end his life. Bowers, age 32, an avid outdoorsman and recently married, father-to-be from […]
There’s an interesting “People in the News” item in the current issue of New Mobility about writers with disabilities. Caitlin Wood created Criptique to showcase the writings of those “who push boundaries and go beyond traditional conceptions of disability,” she explained in the article. Wood mentions three women whose writings she particularly admires, and I’m […]
All of these cities have merits that make them attractive for wheelchair users. They also have tricky weather or old architecture. It’s often the intangibles — such as a spirit of acceptance — that make them worth the challenges.
What would it be like to wake up one morning and have everything in your life be perfectly accessible, affordable and accommodating?
Lost in the shadows of disability after contracting a virus that attacked her central nervous system in September 1994, Sue Austin of Devon, England, felt her identity slip away. She had been working as a long-term mental health specialist when the acute illness hit. “I was completely incapacitated,” she says, “hearing loss and a degree […]
Modelle e Rotelle (translated to “Models and Wheels) is the only fashion event of its kind. People in the disability world have been trying to get disabled models integrated in the fashion world for years, and while there’s been some hits, it’s been a limping struggle. When was the last time you saw someone a […]