Happy holiday season, everyone! I hope all who celebrated had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I had so much to be thankful for this year – especially all of you who have continued to return here to read my posts. Again, with this time of year being so busy, I hope this round-up saves a little time for anyone looking to stay updated without searching all around the web. As always, I highly suggest pinning or bookmarking the round-up so you can come back to it whenever you have a few spare moments. Let me know what interested you the most, and if you think I missed anything.
- Little Jack’s dream for independence finally made a reality – Far too often, media outlets discuss disabilities in negative terms (confined to a wheelchair, wheelchair bound, etc.) This article celebrates a power wheelchair as a form of independence. It should serve as a model for journalists.
- The Best in Disability Advertising Awarded to Duracell at ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference – Remember the Duracell commercial that aired during the last Super Bowl with Derrick Coleman, a deaf football player from the Seattle Seahawks? Well, that commercial won an award – rightly so, I think!
- How I Grew My Wheelchair Ramp Company Into a Franchise – A franchise for wheelchair ramps? So awesome!
- Self-righting wheelchair technology developed by students – This is also great. I love the idea of giving wheelchair athletes this extra level of independence.
Disability Blog Posts and Articles
- #YesAllWomen, but Not Really: How Feminism Leaves the Disabled Behind – We cannot count disabled women out. This article is a must-read.
- “Babies can’t walk” and what it means to be a big boy – The pure, honest emotion in this post really moved me. Plus, why isn’t there more disability representation in literature for people of all ages?
- Dear Bitter Butch: When Do I Hold The Door For Someone In A Wheelchair? – Funny and spot on!
- Big Smiles, Cute Tears: The Able-Bodied Actor’s Guide To Playing A Character With A Disability – This piece satirizes the fact that able-bodied actors almost always get the roles that involve playing disabled characters, when in fact disabled people should play disabled people.
- “How do you ‘manage’ life as a woman with a disability?” – I really like how this post keeps it real about the fact that every human being has needs, and every human being must find ways to adapt.
- ‘But You Don’t Look Disabled… ‘ – Everything in this piece speaks to why we must rid ourselves of preconceived notions about disabilities.