Awareness

Vogue Brasil features able-bodied actors photoshopped to look like Paralympians

Tuesday, September 6, 2016Vogue Brasil drew backlash recently by featuring two soap opera stars who had been digitally edited to look like they had amputations. The actors, Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena, were intended to resemble two specific Brazilian Paralympic athletes –…

Deaf artist fights stigma through photography

Thursday, August 25, 2016Accepting her disability has been a life-long struggle for Australian photographer Kate Disher-Quill. Born with mild to moderate hearing loss, Disher-Quill rejected her disability in her formative years, often refusing to discuss or acknowledge it. Now, she has created a…

(Video) Poet shares complex personal experience with eating disorders

Tuesday, August 23, 2016In Western societies, it’s hard for girls and women to avoid weight-related insecurity. Media, magazines, popular culture all idolize body images that are often unhealthy, and tell girls that their worth is linked to their appearance. It’s no wonder then,…

(Video) Hank Green: “Your illness is not your fault” despite what society may say

Friday, August 19, 2016YouTuber Hank Green opened up to his followers recently to explain how illness, especially chronic illness, is not the fault of the individual who has it. Green is famously known on YouTube for the channel he shares with his brother,…

(Video) Girl and puppy, both deaf, share message of love

Wednesday, August 17, 2016People looking to adopt a pet may hesitate at taking in a pet with a disability. That was the case for Walter, a deaf puppy, before he met his current owners. Now Walter lives with ten-year old Julia and her…

Facebook increases availability of suicide prevention tool

Saturday, August 6, 2016For some users, Facebook has offered the option of tagging a post where the person who created it may be considering suicide or self-harm. The tagging process is dependent on viewer discretion. Until recently, this option was only accessible to…

Study reveals that Hollywood continues to ignore actors with disabilities

Friday, August 5, 2016The Ruderman Family Foundation, whose mission includes to, “advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society,” recently released a report analyzing the status of representation for people with disabilities in mainstream television. The report…

Father writes children’s book to explain his experience with disability

Wednesday, August 3, 2016After Leslie A. Johnson explained his disability to his children, he was inspired to increase disability awareness on a larger scale. Johnson created the children’s book, “Dad on Wheels,” which illustrates his personal experience as a father with a disability.…

Disability advocates join call for reduced toxic chemical exposure

Friday, July 29, 2016A group of disability advocates has teamed up with a coalition of medical and children’s health advocates to produce a first-of-its-kind consensus statement, which the ARC is describing as a “national call to action that seeks to significantly reduce…

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