I recently read an article about Paralympic athletes being replaced by able bodied models in Brazil’s edition of Vogue magazine . Instead of the actual athletes, they had one of the model’s arms “photoshopped” off, and the other model’s leg also amputated using Photoshop. The inspiration for the models? The actual two athletes. Why not just use the actual athletes, you ask? Brazil’s Vogue claimed the models were to help “sell more tickets.” Obviously, they didn’t think the actual athletes were “worthy” enough to sell the Paralympics, because disability and disabled models aren’t the “”norm”, but Vogue magazine and the media are part of the problem, part of the stigma. The only way that we can create more acceptance of disability, is to create change. Let US be the models, even if you think it “won’t sell. ” Let US tell the story. We know it and live it better than anyone else.
Ashley N. Moulin
Ok, so the definition of normal is conforming to a standard that society exposes on us. The problem is that everyone’s definition is different. I don’t believe there’s a such as a thing as “normal” it’s really a matter of perspective. If everyone was “normal” the world be a very boring place. We try so hard to fit into a certain categories and put pressure on outselves, when in reality there are no limitions to what or who we can be. We as humans have created these impossible standards. Normal is unattainable because we were born to be unique. Speaking for myself I know that I will never be the “norm” and that’s ok with me. It’s ok to be weird. Embrace your weirdness! 😀
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Have any of you ever been water skiing? I’m blessed to say that among the many water sports, this is another one I have experienced the riches of, thanks to Joe Ray, the Executive Director of Adaptive Aquatics located in Wilsonville, Alabama. At 20 years old, Joe ended up in a car accident, which ended up breaking his back and paralyzing him from the waist down. Joe found his love of adaptive skiing through a camp that serves children and adults with disabilities, Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults.) A camp I have written about before on this blog. It was at Camp ASCCA in 1980, Joe met the founder who had just founded Adaptive Aquatics that same year, Phil Martin. Joe loved water skiing so much, he became more involved with Phil and Adaptive Aquatics, eventually going from a skier to an instructor, and realizing it was about something bigger than himself, it was about helping other disabled people find the same love he had for skiing. Eventually, the founder, Phil, became diagnosed with MS, and it became harder for him to teach and run the program by himself, so he asked Joe to help, and he became Executive Director of this non profit that helps not only disabled people, but wounded veterans. In case you were wondering how I ski, they have a seat built on the ski where I sit down, and I love every minute of it! I’m a water bug. 🙂 I went recently after camp, and will probably get to go again soon. For more information, or to donate, visit: http://www.adaptiveaquatics.org
Ashley N. Moulin
Hey guys, it’s Ebony! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday! I just wanted to give you some words encouragement.
Sometimes we beat ourselves up about this we have no control over. I know I’m guilty of that. We just have to remember what’s meant for you will happen and if it’s not God has another path for you. He never fails you. If it’s not for you he shows you something better. Just stay positive and keep pushing on.pushing on. You’ll get it in due time.
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Hey guys it’s been awhile! I’ve been super busy! Sorry Ash and I haven’t written in awhile. I would like everyone to share their stories with us. This blog is not just for us. It’s for everyone who has something to say. If you want to share your story go to our Facebook page Friends On Wheels (Cerebral Palsy) send a message and attach your blog entry.