Posts tagged "disabilities"

Adrienne Truscott Does Rape Comedy Right

See, rape jokes can be funny!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 21, 2015

RIP Society: This Elementary School Took Away A Blind Boy’s Cane And Gave Him A Pool Noodle Instead

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like taking away a blind child's cane and replacing it with a pool noodle. At least, that's what one elementary school in Kansas City thought. After an eight-year-old blind boy, Dakota Nafzinger, was reprimanded by his bus driver for hitting another student with his cane, the driver took away Dakota'…

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 18, 2014

Boy Going Blind Creates Bucket List Of Sights

Seeing tiny snails and examining chalk under a microscope might seem like small things, but to a Texas boy losing his eyesight they're bucket list material—along with more standard big-ticket items like seeing the Grand Canyon and Antarctica—of things he wants to see before he goes blind. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / November 5, 2014

Many Polling Places Still Aren’t Accessible To Voters With Disabilities

Decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act, we still have polling places that are restrictive to disabled voters. [VICE] Read this fantastic piece about why street harassment shouldn’t be criminalized in the context of an unjust criminal justice system. [The Intercept] Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has delayed some abortion restrictions in the state. [Raw Story] The…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 4, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal's outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and…

By: Claire Hannum / September 11, 2014

This Disabled Lion Forms Sweet Friendships With Everyone He Meets

Bonedigger, a disabled lion at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, has made some unlikely BFFs in his zookeeper, John Reinke, and a Dachshund named Milo. The lion was born with a metabolic bone disease, leaving him mildly disabled in his front legs. Reinke, who is himself disabled, personally raised the lion and formed a closed…

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

Awesome New Diesel Ads Feature Model In Wheelchair

See that gorgeous lady starring in one of the new spring/summer Diesel ads? That's a New York fashion blogger named Jillian Mercado. She's been a fixture in the fashion industry for years, graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, working at magazines like Allure, and never letting her muscular dystrophy -- or the wheelchair it…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 23, 2014

Watch This: Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities Challenge Fashion Industry’s Definition of “The Perfect Body”

The traditional body shape of store mannequins is so restrictive and unchanging that a Swedish store's decision to display a curvy mannequin was enough to cause an uproar. It's rare enough for people with "average" bodies to see themselves represented in the fashion industry, but for people with disabilities, the chances of seeing a body…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 6, 2013

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing "the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome," Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah's almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

Finding Freedom: Artist Explores The Ocean In Underwater Wheelchair

Sue Austin is a performance and installation artist based in the UK. She has been wheelchair-bound since 1996, and dedicated her artistic work to "finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user." Most recently this goal has led her to team with scientists and diving experts to create a self-propelled…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 30, 2012

Meet Aimee Mullins: Athlete, Model, Actress, Muse, Double Amputee

If you've not previously encountered Aimee Mullins, she's a pretty extraordinary woman. Born without fibulae, she had her legs amputated below the knee as a toddler. She went on to become a track and field star, a model and muse for designer Alexander McQueen, and performed in artist Matthew Barney's "Cremaster 3" movie. In a…

By: Susannah Breslin / December 14, 2010

One-Legged Stripper Can Work The Pole Better Than You

I don't watch "Maury," so I missed this remarkable video when it aired, but if you can work the pole better than Lil' Mama, aka Amber, who likely has one less leg than you, seeing as she only has one, and you probably have two, I'd like to see it. According to the accompanying story,…

By: Susannah Breslin / June 16, 2010

Athlete Kyle Maynard Is A Congenital Amputee, Also Hot

If you watched HBO's most recent episode of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," you met Kyle Maynard, 24, an athlete and congenital amputee born without forearms and lower legs. It's a pretty amazing story. The show first profiled Maynard several years ago when he arose to national prominence as a college wrestler with a 35-16…

By: Susannah Breslin / May 24, 2010

American Able Photo Series Spoofs Hypersexual American Apparel Ads Using A Disabled Model

Photographer Holly Norris says on her website, "Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’" To combat that perception, Norris has chosen to spoof the highly identifiable American Apparel ads, which the company claims feature "real women," though only real…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 5, 2010

The Strength Of A Mother’s Love

A Chinese mother has carried her son on her back for 35 years in order to give him a more enriched life. Xiong Mingqiang was born with a deformity that has caused his head to grow disproportionately large for his 80-centimeters-tall (31.5 inches) body, making him unable to stand. His mother chose to carry him…

By: Annika Harris / January 12, 2010

Next On The List Of Exploitative Reality TV … Disabled Models?

Do we really need yet another modeling reality TV show clogging the airwaves? I was seriously disturbed when I heard about BBC America’s new reality TV series, “Britain’s Missing Top Model.” The show gives disabled models a chance to compete for a spread in Marie Claire UK. The premise of the show seems cruel and…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 2, 2009

Girl Talk: Why Are Men Reluctant To Date A Woman With A Disability?

I recently met David through my blog. He was charming, witty and funny. After a bit of friendly Twirting (flirting via Twitter, the equivalent of computer footsie), he said he thought I was pretty funny too and even admitted to being a bit intimidated when I told him how strong my physical disability, Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome,…

By: Melissa Blake / October 14, 2009

Girl Talk: Dating With A Disability

Would a guy date a woman with a disability? That’s not the sort of question guys are expecting to hear amidst the typical flurry of getting-to-know-you questions. But it’s nonetheless an important – even critical – one for me. It’s at the top of my list, actually. It’s a question I’ve been asking myself since…

By: Melissa Blake / June 25, 2009

Modeling Competition For Women With Disabilities

Um, wow. I am kind of speechless. The New York Daily News reports that a new modeling show has come to town, this one called Britain's Missing Top Model. The U.K. show features models with various disabilities, like missing limbs, partial paralysis, and hearing loss. The show wants to challenge society's traditional notions of beauty,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 27, 2008