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Festival Llink

In preparation of the premiere of Wheelchair Diaries on July 27, please click on the festival link and drive up the views so we can create a buzz and maybe get people to start thinking about accessibility. Thanks chall. -Peace, love, rock http://awareness.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/wheelchairdiaries_reiddavenport_awareness2013

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Wheelchair Diaries Syndicated on NPR, Originally by PRI’s The World

http://www.theworld.org/2013/06/wheelchair-diaries-getting-around-europe-on-four-wheels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wheelchair-diaries-getting-around-europe-on-four-wheels

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Disability Frontline

Hello all: This past weekend I launched a new blog dedicated to disability and the news called disabilityfrontline.com.  As hopefully some of you have noticed, I’ve been publishing more articles on Wheelchair Diaries for the past month or so but reached a point where I felt a new site dedicated to my “Entries” would attract […]

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Roger Ebert, A Look Back

by Reid Davenport He was advised not to attend his own film festival.  He did so anyway. He was told that paparazzis were going to take pictures of him that focused on his absent lower jaw.  He publicized where exactly he was going to sit. He had lost his ability to eat and drink.  He wrote […]

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Editor’s Bookshelf: I’m Walking as Straight as I Can

A google news search of “cerebral palsy” will yield many results of a person with CP overcoming odds, with numerous quotations containing the word inspiration.  Similarly, many books about disability perpetuate this repetitive song and dance.  This is not one of those books. Geri Jewell, who started out as a stand up comic and went […]

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Entry April 3, 2013: Aaron, Dublin

Aaron’s life as a Dubliner has changed since he started living independently for the first time.  After living in a residential community where others with disabilities reside, Aaron said last year that he was looking for an apartment outside the community, in a sense the Holy Grail of his quest to be independent.  Aaron is […]

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Question of Excessive Force by Police Absent from National Spotlight

In March 1991, police brutality and race relations were shoved to the front stage in the U.S. when a black man in L.A. was brutally beaten by police after a high-speed chase.  His name was Rodney King. In February 2012, excessive use of violence by law enforcement again became a theme in the media when […]

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Deleted Scene From Wheelchair Diaries: One Step Up

WARNING:  This video contains strong language and sexual content. This was literally the last deleted scene of the documentary.  Both Gavin and Francois are two of the film’s main subjects.  In this scene, both men talk about a struggle which goes beyond ramps and curb-cuts.  The scene is telling of how the question of love […]

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Films About Disability on Netflix Instant

The presence of people with disabilities on the screen – both big and small, as both documentary and fictitious characters – can only help to remove the taboo of disability and catalyze the inclusion of those with disabilities.  Here are five movies on Netflix worth watching that pertain to disability. My Left Foot (1989):  This […]

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Pope’s Blessing, Hopefully a Precursor

At the inauguration of the new pope on Tuesday, Pope Francis stopped to bless a man with a disability before addressing the crowd at St. Peter’s Square.  The new pope then called on Catholics to embrace the needy. In his Huffington Post column, Professor Lennard Davis of the University of Illinois asserted that the gesture […]

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