ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

ILiveWithADisability.com is proud and excited to announce that we will be partnering for the second consecutive year with ReelAbilities.

ILiveWithADisability.com is proud and excited to announce that we will be partnering for the second consecutive year with ReelAbilities.

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city.

Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. ILiveWithADisability.com will be featuring films that will be shown at ReelAbilities on their blog showcasing and inviting discussion for each specific film. We are inspired that ReelAbilities has grown into a national program – now in 13 cities around the United States.

For the first time, this year, immediately following the New York festival. ReelAbilities is launching the first annual ReelAbilities: NJ Disabilities Film Festival (March 13-17).”ReelAbilites and ILiveWithADisability.com both have similar goals and missions to help and motivate people living with disabilities and their loved ones to feel “Beautiful, not Broken.”

Learn more at http://www.reelabilities.org/

Disability Discrimination: a Thing of the Past?

Is the social stigma which forced Roosevelt to hide his disability still among us after ninety years?

Hugh Gregory Gallagher, author of FDR’s Splendid Deception tells us that in 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio at the age of 39. Continue reading “Disability Discrimination: a Thing of the Past?”

taking ACTION!

I’ve got advocacy on the brain lately:  how to do it, who does it and when it should be done.  Lots of ideas are floating around, but I’m still trying to solidify everything.  I’m co-facilitating the next round of advocacy workshops at disABILITY LINK; the name of the course is “take ACTION!”. It will be an eight week course that helps participants get in touch with their inner advocates. Continue reading “taking ACTION!”

Accessible Bicycles

I want to explore additional outdoor activities for the disabled. Many of us feel confined and we don’t feel a sense of value; truly this is the opposite. All of us are “value-able” and we have capabilities. We just don’t know where to turn or may not have the opportunity. I realize that many of you don’t have the resources. I am an advocate for promoting that the disabled can and should be allowed to explore outdoor sports and recreation. It is vital to a better quality of life and self worth. Continue reading “Accessible Bicycles”

Recreation for the Disabled

There are many recreational opportunities for the disabled. Many states have improved access to fishing, with wheel chair ramps and hand rails. Recreation.gov is an excellent site to explore areas to go. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast: I have hunted, fished, snowmobiled, and done thousands of miles of back country off road ATV’ing and dirt biking. I retired last year from my dirt bike and have not hunted for many years, due to my disability. Continue reading “Recreation for the Disabled”