A celebration of ability: wheelchairs are awesome!
Whether you followed the Paralympic Games or not, Rio 2016 had a huge impact on the way in which, as a society, we view people with disabilities and, although we didn’t all agree with the popular social media trend #SuperHumans as part of Channel 4’s ‘Year of Disability’, the concept of celebrating the achievements & abilities of disabled people rather than focusing on the things we can’t do was something of a mainstream media first.
Traditional portrayal of disabled people in the media is all too often negative; we’re painted as victims or antagonists or our disabilities are used as plot devices to communicate a specific moral message. And, speaking as a disabled person, I can’t help but feel this is not the way it should be.
Thankfully, though, the way in which we as a society view disabled people and discuss disability is slowly changing, and we’re now finally engaging with the notion that, actually, disability doesn’t have to have a negative impact on a person’s life.
Subverting the expectation of disability as negative is Erik Kondo who created the short video ‘Wheelchairs are Awesome!’ – a stunning (and pretty incredible) exploration of why wheelchairs are actually amazing tools; from epic somersaults performed in wheelchairs to wheelchair bungie-jumping.
Of course, Enham Trust lives and breathes the message underlying in this video; the message that, regardless of your disability, you should be supported to do anything your heart desires, and there’s always a way to achieve your aspirations.
We call this the ‘Power of Yes’.
Please take a few minutes to watch Erik Kondo’s video, but please, ensure you don’t try any of this at home!
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