One disability agency is breaking the mold, literally, when it comes to disability awareness. Pro Infirmis, a Zurich, Switzerland disability organization, created a set of mannequins that were casted from real people with physical disabilities.
When I first watched this video, I wasn’t sure what to think about the concept. I thought it was too unique. But, I think it puts a different viewpoint on disability perceptions. For the people in the video, it was great to see their reactions once they saw their mannequin. One of the participants said she was shocked to see herself.
If you live with a disability, you may go through your daily routine without thinking how you look throughout the day. For example, I don’t always think about how much I’m leaning to one side in my chair.
I believe that is the case for the participants in the video. It’s like having an out-of-body experience when you see yourself from a different perspective. The reactions from the public when they saw the mannequins were very interesting. Seeing disabled mannequins shows the diversity within the world around us.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
The people in the video are breaking the mold while showing the importance of diversity within our communities.
Click the video link below and let me know what you think about the mannequins.
Since putting my van in the shop last week, I’m relying on Tel-A-Ride, Charleston’s para transit company.
Para transit systems provide door-to-door service for multiple passengers at once. For me; however, I live just outside of their pick-up zone. So, I have chosen to meet the bus at Bi-lo, which is about a mile from my house.
Once on the bus, it could take 60 to 90 minutes to get to your destination. We’re picking up and dropping off folks along the way.
Yesterday was my first time using the service. I’m proud to say they got me to and from my destinations on time.
Pros and Cons to Para Transit
It’s nice to only pay $3.50 per ride. It’s more affordable for people with low incomes. Door-to-door service is convenient when it’s within their service area.
Some downsides are that you have to schedule rides at least two days in advance. There is a 30-minute window to be picked up. You may have to ride on the bus for up to 90 minutes before getting to your destination.
Overall, I’m grateful to be able to use the service to get me around town.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m dedicating this post to all of my wonderful fans!
I’m thankful for so many things, including a wonderful family, friends, good health, and all of my blog followers. Thank you for supporting my blog every week.
In the words of Kid President, “Thank you” is one of the phrases we should say more often. Please watch his video below.
For those of us in wheelchairs, we know how important it is to have a comfortable seat that doesn’t cause too much pressure on the skin. The seating system includes the cushion and chair back.
I spent this morning at MUSC’s wheelchair seating clinic getting fitted for a new seating system for my Permobil wheelchair. My current seating system has lateral pads that are removable on the right side to keep me propped up. Unfortunately, those pads do not straighten my sitting posture. I tend to lean more to the right, especially since my foot surgery a few months ago.
Before Seat Molding: I’m leaning to the right.
A foam-like material was used to mold the seat back and cushion. Air pockets within the foam could be adjusted to ensure the best fit.
After Seat Molding: I’m not leaning to the right and my shoulders are straighter.
Tom Hetzel, from Ride Designs, came to Charleston from Colorado to help with fitting me for my new customized seating system. Jill Monger and Rick Sinnot were on hand today to get me riding more comfortably. Jill and Rick have fitted me for every chair that I’ve had since I was four years old. My physical therapist, Yves Gege, and a number of other seating specialists were there to assist with the process.
I’m looking forward to riding in style and comfort with my new seating system! It should be ready to be installed on my chair by the beginning of next year!
It’s always exciting being a big kid and going to the fair! It’s fun
checking out all the sights and sounds, and eating turkey legs,
sausage dogs, cinnamon rolls and funnel cakes.
(Photo: Natasha and me at the fair.)
I also was glad to see the many people with disabilities and folks who
were in wheelchairs out amongst the crowd. There was plenty of
parking for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, and there was ample space
to maneuver within the fairgrounds.
The staff at the fair ensured everyone had a great time. There’s one
story that stood out this year about how one employee helped a young
boy with a disability enjoy his time at the fair. It’s rewarding to
see the humanity in people!
Please check out the story link below courtesy of Live 5 News.
It’s nice when you can keep all four wheels on the ground. However,
there are inevitably going to be those times where your wheels lose
contact with the ground and you come tumbling down.
That’s what happened to me Saturday. While taking pictures at the
James Island Connector Run, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was
going and hit a pothole and flipped over my chair into a puddle of
It felt like I was falling in slow motion. I could feel myself
falling, but knew I couldn’t do anything to stop it from happening.
All I could think about was, “Help! I’ve fallen and can’t get back
Fortunately, there were people around me who were there to help me get
up. I can’t thank them enough for coming to my rescue! It’s not easy
trying to pick up a 200-pound wheelchair. I wasn’t injured in the
incident, but my wheelchair and camera had some damage.
I am also grateful for the wheelchair mechanic that came to look at my
chair within an hour after my fall. The wheelchair team was able
to get my chair fixed yesterday.
So, the moral of this story is to avoid potholes and stay away from
puddles of water!
For the last few weeks, it seems like I’ve been on a media tour. From
filming the Public Service Announcement for the James Island Connector
Run to being interviewed by Quintin Washington for Quintin’s
Close-ups, it has been exciting when people have said they have seen
me on television.
I’ve always enjoyed being around the media and had an opportunity to
watch a live broadcast at ABC News 4 in Charleston. After the news
went off the air, I practiced reading from the teleprompter. The video
below shows me reading the script for that evening’s news. There was a
combination of nervousness and excitement as I read the script, but I
really enjoyed it.
Being interviewed by Quintin Washington was quite an honor. Quintin
has interviewed several people in the Charleston area on his web-based
show. I’m glad I could be one of his guests and share my experiences
of living with a disability. Check out the video at the following