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Sign Up Now! Free Teleconference on Independent Media

Independent Media 2.0

Using free, easily accessible media tools (blogs! video! podcasts! twitter!) to revolutionize & remix a powerful disability rights message

Monday September 21 at 8 pm est

To sign up for this one-time only teleconference/webcast, visit nyln.org

Speakers Include:

Moya Bailey, Quirky Black Girls founder
Anita Cameron, ADAPT media maker
Cripchick, feminist blogger
Ari Ne’eman and Melanie Yergeau, organizers with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Captioning will be provided via the web! Keep an eye out for the link in your email box after you register.

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(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored

(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored celebrates people with disabilities as sexual beings.

This new 15-minute student film features participants of the discussion panel sponsored by University of California Berkeley's Disabled Students Union called "Are Cripples Screwed?" The film also features other Bay area community members and comedian Josh Blue (winner of Last Comic Standing) as they share their personal experiences with sex, dating and intimacy.

(Sex)abled reveals that while not everyone will choose to be sexually active, everyBODY is capable of being sexual.



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Exorcising Ghosts

I originally wrote this for my blog Wheelchair Dancer.  I hope it speaks to you.  The second voice in this is that of my longtime partner, Wiz

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She without arm, he without leg - ballet - Hand in Hand

Performed by Ma Li (馬麗) and Zhai Xiaowei (翟孝偉).
The music is composed by San Bao, his works include the music of the film - The Road Home directed by Zhang Yimou starred by Ziyi Zhang, this music is originally from a very popular TV episodes in China, named Qian Shou (牵手 hand in hand).

The girl (Ma, Li) was a beautiful promising professional ballerina when she lost her right arm in a car accident in 1996. She was only 19. Her handsome boy friend walked away from her.

She tried to kill herself only to be saved by her parents. Her love for her parents gave her the strength to live. She learned how to live her life independently.
She learned how to write Chinese beautifully and how to do many things including combing her hair, which she had to cut short from the waist-length to shoulder-length. She learned to cook and to wash clothes ... In a few months she opened her small bookstore.

Five years later in 2001, she was invited to compete at the 5th national special performing art competition for handicaps and won the gold medal. That success gave her the hope to return to her beloved stage.  In 2002, a handsome 20-year-old young man (Li, Tao) madly fell in love with her. She ran a way from him for fear of being hurt again.  After she disappeared in Beijing, Tao searched her up and down despite his parents' strong objection and ridicule.

He finally found her dancing in a bar. They have never been separated since.
They were very broke when SARS was spreading because all theaters were closed. In 2004, he got a license to be her legitimate agent and was trying to help her develop a unique performance. In a cold snowy night, when the two huddled in an underpass to wait for the sunrise in order to catch a bus after a long day at a movie shooting site working as extras, she suddenly had the urge to dance in the snow with him.

She had used her dance to tell him her story so many times before and this time, after their "dance" ended, he suddenly realized that THIS should be her unique performance.

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Short story: The Homeless

Here's a link to a short story I wrote over at my blog A Different Light


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Friendship, disability and high school wrestling.

Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett formed a friendship that is the epitome of human relatedness and equality.  Finding each other on the wrestling mat, the two young men stepped into an exploration of what it means to define one's own life in one's own terms. 

Leroy is without his legs since he was 11 y/o and Dartanyon is legally blind.  With challenges from all sides including poverty, society, family and physical limitations; these young men simply wrote the story of their own lives by supporting each other as equals and as people.

Read the full story at ESPN.

A trust fund has been established. For more information, visit carryontrust.org. Donations also are being received by the Carry On For Education Trust, Benefiting Leroy and Dartanyon, c/o 627 West St. Clair, Cleveland, OH, 44113.

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Sins Invalid 2009: Oct 2-4

(Rodney Bell and Seeley Quest perform the Opening to the Sins Invalid Performance 2008)


Announcing the 2009 Sins Invalid Performance: October 2-4

8pm Friday, October 2nd
8pm Saturday, October 3rd (interpretation provided by Stage Hands)
7pm Sunday, October 4th

Brava Theater
2789 24th St. (at York), San Francisco [map]
For more info please call 510.689.7198

Buy Tickets Now!

ACCESSIBILITY: This venue is wheelchair accessible. Although we cannot guarantee that this will be a scent-free event, we ask people to refrain from using scented products to create a more accessible environment.

WHAT: Sins Invalid is a performance event celebrating the power of embodiment and the tenderness of struggle, stripping taboos off of sexuality and disability and offering a vision of beauty that includes all bodies and all communities. Join Sins Invalid for a night of resistance to invisibility!

Please Note: Show contains explicit content

Artists include: Aurora Levins Morales, Cara Page, Antoine Hunter, Mat Fraser, John Benson, Maria Palacios, Ralph Dickinson, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Nomy Lamm, Todd Herman, Leroy F. Moore Jr., Seeley Quest, and Patty Berne.

Supported by the Aepoch Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation

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man in the mirror

As i sit and watch the television today i still see many things that try to get people to look at their image and the way they really are, trying to get them to change the way they look and telling

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who i am

On the 10th of August in 1979 was born a child  who seemed to be the same as everyone else accept for a small hole in his back that he had to have closed immediately after birth.
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Disability as a Positive Influence on Life

From Bad Cripple, an excellent example of how self-definition differs and succeeds where group definition fails.

Disability is bad. No one wants to be blind, deaf or paralyzed. Common sense dictates this normative belief. The limitations associated with a physical deficit are bad. Sure we can compensate, adapt, and we humans are very good at adapting, but no one wants to acquire a disability. Is this not why we humans dread old age? Disability, the lack of ability, is associated with old age. Old people are slow, feeble, and too many experience dementia. Wheelchairs? A fate worse than death. I would rather be dead than paralyzed. Blind? Oh no, I could never see a sunset and movies would be pointless. Deaf? I would be unable to connect and communicate with others. What does disability on the broadest of the term create in the minds of others? Negative connotations, limits, the need to "overcome", and for some dread. In extreme cases people even commit suicide rather than learn how to live life with a disability. Think Daniel James and his "loving" parents.

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