Breaking the Mold

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 cast 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.

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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3 Responses to Breaking the Mold

  1. Diane Epperly says:

    Really neat video. Just shared it on our Facebook page.


  2. Pingback: Looking Back on 2013 | Tuesday Talk With Alex

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