Disability on Film

Disability on Film

12/11/2019

In today’s media industry, diversity and inclusion are hot topics, but unfortunately, disability representation is still largely forgotten when it comes to Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. While disability increasingly features in the plots of up and coming new films, able-bodied actors are disproportionately cast to play these roles. Entertainment has a long way to go in the fight for positive disability representation and inclusion of actors with lived experiences of disability.

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Disability Dating Myths

Disability Dating Myths

17/09/2019

The disability world is full of romance myths, some of which can be incredibly disheartening for members of the disability community, and when assumptions are particularly destructive, they can actually perpetuate ableism.Despite common misconceptions, negative stereotypes, and ableist assumptions, people with disabilities fall in love every day. Dating with disability is possible; disability can be part of a happily ever after. These are some of the most common disability dating myths and the facts that prove them wrong.

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Disability Representation Among Social Influencers

Disability Representation Among Social Influencers

11/06/2019

In a world where to be able-bodied is to be accepted as a member of the social majority, positive disability representation can be hard to come by. Often used in the context of humour, pity, innocence or inspiration, disabilitybecomes a repetitive stereotype as the media miss opportunities for inclusion and normalisation.

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YouTubers Who Are Changing the Conversation About Disability

YouTubers Who Are Changing the Conversation About Disability

22/08/2018

Since its conception in early 2005, YouTube has been pushing the limits of conventional media and handing the proverbial microphone to grassroots creators around the globe. What was once a humble sharing platform for home videos and movie trailers has now given way to a world-stage for passionate people to document their experience of life.YouTube is also a space for activism, education, and social connection. Entire micro-communities can, and often do, blossom in the comments section of a video, and viewers often credit content creators for making them feel less alone in their experiences.

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Tuk Tuk Diaries

Tuk Tuk Diaries

9/05/2018

I am an intrepid adventurer who has osteogenesis imperfecta - which means that my bones are brittle and break easily, and often for no clear reason. Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disease that affects how my body produces collagen, the protein that helps to strengthen bones. Because of this, I use a wheelchair to help me get around.

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Eight Meaningful Stories for Children With Disabilities

Eight Meaningful Stories for Children With Disabilities

26/04/2018

Stories and books are a vital part of childhood development and learning. Reading can help children of all abilities to learn about feelings, communication, and the world in which they live. The characters of a favourite book can often feel like old friends you have known for a lifetime, especially if you can relate to their situation or experiences.

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Eight Beautiful Books About People With a Disability

Eight Beautiful Books About People With a Disability

7/02/2018

Books are beloved for their near magical ability to entrance readers and draw us into their vivid worlds. They are an exhilarating method of escapism, causing us to think, feel, and love alongside our favorite characters. Readers often discover stories and characters who resonate with their own lives and are able to draw strength and courage from their plights.

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10 Inclusive Movies About Disabilities Worth Watching

10 Inclusive Movies About Disabilities Worth Watching

28/11/2017

Movies about disabilities can not only be a great window into the lives of many people in our diverse society, but they can also be a wonderful source of inspiration. These films often display a dynamic combination of courage, determination, and characters who strive to achieve their goals despite adversity.

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Moulding A Life For You

Moulding A Life For You

21/11/2017

My name is Matt Feeney and I am the cofounder of Adaptive Adventures. In 1988, I suffered a spinal cord injury that left me paralysed from the mid-abdomen down. First and foremost, I am a survivor. Despite my disability, I have become a certified water and snow ski instructor, a decorated hand cyclist and a two-time off-road downhill champion. My dream was, and still is, to inspire others like me to embrace their disability and to enjoy the benefits of outdoor sports for mental and physical wellbeing. One of my proudest moments was being named Colorado’s Adaptive Athletes of the Year.

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Clean Water Initiatives and the Almighty Mount Kilimanjaro

Clean Water Initiatives and the Almighty Mount Kilimanjaro

7/11/2017

How would you react if I told you that I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, while confined to a wheelchair? I wouldn’t be surprised if you doubted or even disbelieved my claim. I don’t judge or blame you for these doubts. In fact, if you’d asked me if I could accomplish such a feat 5 years ago, I would have told you that it would be impossible with my physical disability – a genetic ailment that left me with no legs below the pelvis.

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Designing A Life That You Love

Designing A Life That You Love

20/09/2017

My name is Sara, I am a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and professional, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m 35 years old and I was born with a brittle bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, leaving me in a wheelchair for much of my life. However, my condition has never stopped me from living my life to the fullest and embracing my motto: ‘design a life that I love.’ 

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8 Famous People with Disabilities – Overcoming Disability and Following Passions

8 Famous People with Disabilities – Overcoming Disability and Following Passions

10/08/2017

Some famous people are particularly well known for their inspirational lives and accomplishments, something that is especially true for celebrities with disabilities. The individuals in this list have all overcome their disabilities in inspiring ways, emphasizing that disability doesn’t have to be a barrier to your passions. The following 8 people have all made incredible contributions to art, science, music, acting and sport.

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