Friday, April 30, 2010

Aaron Fotheringham on 60 minutes Australia

Watch this amazing video from 60 minutes Australia which features Nitro Circus. This the group that Aaron Fortheringham is touring Australia with 7 May to 6 June 2010.



If you happen to be in Australia from 7 May to 6 June 2010, look for Aaron and the rest of the Nitro Circus team. They will be making a tour of the 6 larges Australian cities.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Vote For The Specials Is a Vote Against Disablism

Tomorrow is the LAST day to vote for "The Specials" for a Webby Award.
Why is important for you to vote for "The Specials" for a Webby Award?

Think about how under-represented disability programs are in the media.
Think about how few REAL people with disabilities you see in Film and TV.

If "The Specials" win a Webby Award and beat out all other non-disability programming, it will show the media execs that there IS an interest in disability programing.

Why is that important? I believe that the more that that society is exposed to the reality of disability, the less disablism there will be. The more society see people with disability as just PEOPLE the better acceptance there will be. I strongly believe that with more disability programming (Paralympics, programs devoted to people with disabilities, people with disabilities featured in regular programing, etc), people with disabilities will be better accepted. This has certainly been the case with other minority groups.

Please support The Specials in their effort to win a Webby Award.

How?

First: Register to create an account.


Second: Click Reality, scroll to the bottom and vote

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blogging Against Disablism

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2010


Every year Deborah from the Diary of A Goldfish blog hosts a Blogging Against Disablism Day, when all bloggers who want to participate blog on the subject of Disablism. The next BADD day is going to be 1 May. If you have a disability blog, then by all means participate. If you dont have a blog, then by all means come and see what the bloggers have to say. We participated last year and will certainly be participating again this year.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Disablism at Cannes : Time For A Boycot?

I have blogged about how Hollywood producers discriminate against wheelchair users by giving roles for wheelchair users to able bodied actors. Now, a Canadian film maker Sean Marckos was not allowed entrance to the Cannes Festival with other film makers. It is hard for Cannes to deny. Marckos got it on tape:



Why was he denied access? Too many steps to build a ramp. I guess they are they didn't have enough money to buy a lift? Right!

What is the problem with the film industry? When will media giants understand that people with disabilities deserve access to all parts of society and that there is no room left for disablism?

I wonder if there are a few brave actors, filmmakers, producers and leaders in the film industry who will boycot Cannes Festival until access is granted to everyone, able-bodied and disabled alike?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review Of Le Meridien Hotel Vilnius

If you are in Vilnius, Lithuania and are looking for relaxing hotel you might want to consider the Le Meridien Hotel. While Le Meridien is not convenient for sightseeing, it is perfect for just about everything else. Le Meridien Vilnius is a perfect spot to relax on the weekend or to unwind after a tough business day. With excellent spa facilities, quality food, and peaceful views, Le Meridien Vilnius a nice place to get away from it all. Le Meridien is also a wheelchair accessible hotel. Check out this review of Le Meridien Vilnius .

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cool Mobility Scooter

Have a look at this cool mobility scooter:



This cool mobility scooter is a Shoprider Flagship Mobility Scooter.


These are the features of the Shoprider Flagship enclosed mobility scooter:

* Key Locking Door
* Removable Doors
* Fully operational lighting system
* Full front and rear suspension
* Windshield wiper
* Winshield washer
* 350 lb weight capacity
* 50 mile range

Read more about the Shoprider Flagship Mobility Scooter.

If you prefer a standard mobility scooter, learn how to choose the best mobility scooter for you.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Specials, Learning Disability Web Series Nominated For Webby Award

I just received this notice from Katy Lock, the dynamo behind the Specials TV show.(I did an interview with Katy Lock in January 2010.

I just wanted to let you know some wonderful news:
Learning disability web series 'The Specials' has been nominated for 2 Webby Awards, aka 'the Oscars of the Web'!

We're up in 2 categories: Reality and Documentary Series and if we win we're headed to a star-studded premiere in New York!!

As a Webby Award nominee, we are also eligible for the Webby People's Voice Award which is voted for by the global online community. Voting runs until 29th April and so I was wondering if you might be willing to help us get the vote out?

Here are the links for both voting categories:

Documentary
Reality

It would be wonderful if The Specials could go global! Particularly as it has such a positive message about people with learning disabilities.

Who Says A Mobility Scooter Can't Be Sexy?



The TV Show "Pimp My Ride" pimped out a Londoner's Mobility Scooter. His scooter has "hand-painted chassis, under-body neon lighting, surround sound stereo, and a Nintendo DS console"...sweet!

So, what can you do if you can not get Pimp My Ride to give you a sexy, pimped out mobility scooter? Check out these sexy medical scooters which you can buy. Who says that a mobility scooter can't be sexy?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wheelchair User Zack Weinstein To Appear on Glee

Last year many in the disability community were outraged that the producers of Glee chose an able bodied actor to play the role of Artie a wheelchair user. I blogged about my disappointment that with all of the talented wheelchair users in the world, the Glee producers could not find one person to cast in that role.

The producers of Glee have gotten the message and have cast Zack Weinstein, a wheelchair users in a role in the show. You can be introduced to Zack by watching this video below:



Watching the video, I can see that Zack Weinstein is a pretty cool guy. I would enjoy interviewing Zack and getting to know him better.

But Zack states in his blog post that he does not care if able bodied people are cast in the role of disabled people. I would only like to say to Zack that one day in the future I may agree with him. However, today it is important that barriers to people with disabilities come down. It is critical that people with disabilities be given as many opportunities as possible. Why?

Zack, please tell me the names of ten famous wheelchair users. Please tell me who your favorite wheelchair actors are? Can you name ten? Five? Three? Ask yourself why. How many famous politicians do you know who are wheelchair users? Ask yourself why.

A decade ago we could have said the same thing about gay actors. But then a few gay actors broke through and now there are more gay actors around. A decade ago we could have said the same thing about gay politicians. And now there are gay politicians. In the past few years gay Americans have been making great advances towards equality. However, disabled Americarns are left outside. Outside of Hollywood, outside of Washington and outside of many of the most important roles in our society.

Perhaps Zack, because of the opportunity that you currently have we will someday be able to name at least one famous wheelchair using actor. I sincerely hope so. Zack Weinstein : You are breaking down barriers and I wish you the best of luck in your career.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Is Hollywood 'Disabled' Enough?

According to this CNN article "Is Hollywood 'gay' enough?" "the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on scripted programs has just about doubled since 2005, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation."

The members of the gay community have seen Hollywood take to their cause and drop all barriers. In the past five years, while the number of gay characters have dramatically increased, how many disabled characters on scripted programs do you see? Can you count them? While the numbers of most American minorities on TV and movies are skyrocketing, the numbers of disabled characters remian vanishingly low. Hollywood often reflects or leads culture. We are influenced by what we see daily on TV. When we accept people into our living rooms, it is not long until we accept people into society.

The fact that Hollywood is NOT accepting people with disabilities is hurting disabled people everywhere. Until there are changes in Hollywood, don't expect to see changes on main street.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy Birthday! Our Wheelchair Blog Is ONE YEAR OLD!!!

The Wheelchair Pride Wheelchair Blog celebrates it's one year birthday today! It has been a fun start and a good start to this wheelchair blog. We have had several interviews, we have enjoyed the Paralympics and we have had some kind words said about the blog. In only one year we have over 20 subscribers to the blog and we have a growing number of visitors to the blog everyday. Our statistics program shows that the number of visitors to the wheelchair pride wheelchair blog is rapidly growing and March 2010 is our best month ever.

What is left to achieve? It would be good to get some more feedback from our blog visitors. You are kind of quiet out there. Leave a note if even to say "Happy Birthday".

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cool Pimped Out Wheelchair

This is a cool pimped out power wheelchair, with cool wheelchair lights, sound, air-conditioning and other cool wheelchair bling.



Pretty cool. But you do not need to have a power wheelchair to pimp your ride. Manual wheelchair users can also have a pimped wheelchair by using some cool wheelchair bling.