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Disability (Dedicated Semester 2011)

Disability in Art and Expression

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"Frida Kahlo is one of the earliest painters of disability experience, mastered the self portrait. Her paintings are an intimate look at herself; her physical pain and turmoil as a result of numerous accidents and illnesses."  Go to Disability Arts International for more information on increased access to the arts for artists with disabilities and audiences.

Deep Sea Diving in a Wheelchair

When Sue Austin got a power wheelchair, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom -- yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she conveys the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees.

Talk (Life Through a Different Lens)

The United Kingdom's Commission of Rehabilitation Disability Awareness Video.

The award-winning 'Talk' portrays a society in which non-disabled people are a pitied minority and disabled people lead full and active lives. Jonathan Kerrigan, of BBC's 'Casualty' fame, plays a business executive whose negative preconceptions of disability are dramatically shattered.

Media & Culture

The media has always played an important role in shaping the perception of people with disabling conditions throughout history. Explore the online Media Wing from the Museum of disABILITY.History for examples from print, movies, radio, and television..

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