Shattering disability perceptions June 13, 2012Posted by Louise Honey in : Uncategorized , trackback
As a new US programme airs with disability at the heart of the shows stars, it faces some harsh reviews from the press in how well it tackles the subject. Push Girls aired at the beginning of the month on the Sundance Channel and was criticized as its main characters – four glamorous ladies with acquired mobility disabilities, are ‘not representative’ of people with disabilities.
Suzanne Robitaille – founder of abledbody.com, a website on disability issues, hits back at this criticism in her blog and offers support for how the show highlights the struggles of its characters; through their life, careers and love.
Suzanne comments on how the show tacitly reveals how perceptions about disability can be hurtful to a person’s career and livelihood – and the fact that this is happening in the sunny, wealthy, glamorous lives of four LA inhabitants should not matter. She goes on to say ‘people with disabilities share an ethos. We’re all struggling to adapt to an able-bodied world, and we constantly encounter obstacles that have less to do with physical barriers and more to do with attitudes. It’s a common denominator that bounds us.’
Read Suzanne’s full blog article here http://www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com/Blog/post/Push-Girls-Shatters-Disability-Perceptions.aspx
(Updated 09/04/2013: link included)