A friend sent me a link to this music video called Renegades by X Ambassadors featuring some really inspiring disabled athletes including former spotlightee Kyle Maynard. I love the quote from the young woman at the beginning who says, "Growing up blind I wasn't expected to do much, but I want to be expected to do what everyone else is expected to do."
Amen. I love videos that teach all of us--myself included--that people with disabilities are DIFFERENTLYabled. There are a lot of things that disabled people can do that I can't as this video illustrates. Shoot, my own daughter writes, grabs and plays with her feet. That is ABLE folks.
Also, check out this amazing campaign from Changingthefaceofbeauty called I'm going back to school too featuring kids with visible differences in back to school campaigns because YES, they are going back to school too and should be included in the same media campaigns along side typical children. If you're not familiar with Changing the Face of Beauty you should be, they are doing really good work. People with disabilities represent the largest minority in the world, yet they're the least represented in our media. Our hope is that we will change that. --Kathry Driscol, founder of Changing the Face of Beauty.
Amen and hallelujah to all of that.
Happy Friday and see you next week.