A photographer from North Wales is using their work to change the world’s perspective on disability. The unique photos show people with disabilities sharing something about their own dreams or ambitions. Read more
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin told reporters, “There have been only a handful of people talking about the lack of inclusion of people with disabilities” in the film industry and Hollywood. Read more
An upcoming festival will highlight people with disabilities in the film and media industries. Read more
The New York Times profiles a Liberian musician who uses a wheelchair and lives in a slum in Monrovia, the country’s capital city. Read more
Several Russian and American journalists and film directors have trained a group of 60 people with disabilities to tell stories from their lives through short documentaries. On Sept. 19, the group premiered its first film festival in Moscow. Read more
Winners have been announced for the inaugural Disability Film Challenge. The 48 hour competition gave participants just two days to complete production of a short film on the topic of disability. The purpose was to incorporate more disabled film makers, writers, directors and actors into the business. The winners are as follows:
The winning films will screen at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood during the HollyShorts Film Festival, August 14-23.
The Schneider Family Book Awards honoring books that highlight the disability experience were announced this week along with the renowned Caldecott and Newbery awards for children’s literature by the American Library Association. The awards are given to authors and illustrators in three different categories “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” This year’s winners included stories about an artist wounded while serving in World War I, a princess with a foot deformity who helps chase dragons and a courageous American pilot who is captured by Nazis and sent to a concentration camp.
Young children’s book: “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Middle grades book: “Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell
Teen book: “Rose Under Fire,” written by Elizabeth Wein
The Schneider Family Book Awards are supported by Katherine Schneider, who also funds the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability through a grant administered by the National Center on Disability Reporting.
Actors with disabilities are often passed over for lead roles, even when the character actually has a disability, according to this Code Switch blog from NPR.
Frustrated actors and other players in the industry complain this is a major Catch-22, keeping them out of jobs and, as a result, keeping an honest portrayal of people with disabilities from audiences. Take, for example, the new remake of “Ironside” which premiered this week on NBC. In both the 1960s version starring Raymond Burr and the modern version with Blair Underwood, the lead is a paraplegic detective. Also in both versions, neither Burr nor Underwood were/are disabled. Read more.
The creators of Fox’s hit show “Glee” want to make you laugh and think. The episodes are produced with messages about inclusion no matter what you look like, your sexuality or disability.
Elaine Hoogeboom takes a deep breath before she starts to talk about her art.
She knows what she wants to say. But she has aphasia, a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. It’s hard for her to remember words, put together sentences and understand what people have told her.