I don't know if this is really the venu to ask this, but I'm curious--what is the disability community's reaction to the sudden popularity of Zack Anner? For those of you who don't know, he's a Youtube star with cerebral palsy who's competing for Oprah's lalk show contest. This is his audition video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_35KKa3b1c, and you can watch some of his other videos from there. Is he popular because he's funny or because he's got a disability? And what about the humor he has toward his condition--tasteless or authentic? I see some of his videos as a protest about how his needs aren't always met. I think if he wins this contest and does get his own TV show, it's going to mean a lot for people with disabilities, but what do you think?
I've been hearing of late a commercial put on by Samsung where a Korean girl talks about how she lost her sight 15 years ago and has "seen far more than ever before" (or something like that) now that she has her guide dog. Does anyone know what's going on visually in this commercial?
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I just created a community atglbtq_disabled
. It's for members of the GLBTQQIA community to make friends and discuss being gay as it relates to being disabled in any way, be it physical, mental, learning, etc. Anyone, gay or straight or anything in between, is welcome to check it out and join. Be sure to tell your friends!
XPosted ... hopefully the many familiar faces in here (aka blind people) aren't going to kill me for this! :) Thanks!
I am starting a collection of people with disabilities being depticed in the media/arts.
I am hoping to post the results on here when i am completed, but turn to this community in hopes of some interesting leads i have not discovered yet.
Any advice my dear friends?
"It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: to have a child born with a debilitating disease, one that would rob that child of any chance at a good life."
Because, obviously, a person with a disability has no chance of having a "good life"
“And it’s not the typical grief of someone who loses a spouse or a child to death. It’s that every dream, when that new baby was born, died.”
Because, obviously, people with disabilities really would be better off dead.
Hi! I'm so excited to share this information. I just finished a long email thread with Jason from Clamor magazine. Clamor magazine was developed over the past 7 years or so in Toledo, Ohio (believe it or not) as a way to incorporate zine culture and nationally-distributed magazine accessability. However, Clamor has only been available in standard print format - with too many graphics to scan it through even an OCR-enabled machine.
After emailing one of the founders about wanting a subscription (I used to live in the town Clamor was born in and know some who've written for it) and explaining my situation, the idea to provide the magazine in a text-only format was born. The logistics are still being worked out, but you can contact Clamor and request more information and to be included in the exciting new version of subscription! As soon as I'm given the all-clear to subscribe with the new option, I'll pass that information along as well.
You can read more about Clamor magazine at their website: www.clamormagazine.org and feel free to email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Clamor:
"a publication of radical culture and politics – with the specific aim to support the broad social justice movement in the United States and around the world."
'Cockeyed': An Unsentimental Take on Blindness· On his 18th birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with a condition that would eventually leave him blind. Fifteen years later, with his sight almost completely gone, he's written a book of his observations.
Cockeyed, which describes Knighton's adventures driving by Braille and his later diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic condition that steadily reduced his ability to see. The book is about denial, anger and fear, but it's also about slapstick, technology, embarrassment, about what people see and what they don't.
Knighton talks about how he turned the loss of his sight into a moving and funny memoir.
This is a transcript of a segment from the National Public Radio show "On the Media" a show about trends and effects of various media in America with a particular emphasis on journalism. On the Media has occasional segments called "Word Watch" which take a closer look at which words are used, and how they are used, in the media.
This is a transcript of a Word Watch segment about the terms "schizophrenic" and "schizo"http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/transcripts_090801_schizo.html