A community theater group in Phoenix called Detour Company Theater features actors with disabilities performing blockbuster broadway musicals. Arizona State University student Allison Bailey profiled the theatre troupe and its founder for a story on Cronkite News.
Former British journalist, Patrick Cockburn, and his son Henry Cockburn, co-wrote an op-ed for The Independent candidly describing Henry’s experience with schizophrenia. The article is the first in a 3-part series focusing on how Henry’s mental illness has shaped his career as a professional painter. Click here to read about this father-son story in The Independent.
The hip-hop community wants to make their products accessible to the Deaf community. Superstar singer and songwriter Chance the Rapper partnered with DEAFinitely Dope’s Matt Maxey and Kelly Kurdi to interpret the first verse of Chance’s song “Blessings” into American Sign Language. Learn more about their partnership by reading this Billboard Magazine article, and by watching the full video here on Pigeon and Planes‘ YouTube channel.
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.