Disabilities

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People who have disabilities, particularly physical ones, face what some social justice activists call “ableism”.  Disability Research Scholar Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock defines the term as “a cultural discourse that stigmatizes and marginalizes bodies deemed not normal through medical diagnosis”. 

Gary Neil Gupton

Author Gary Neil Gupton just released a 2nd Edition of his book, Time to Meet Max. This story grew out of Gary's experience meeting a boy with disabilities in Guatemala. Listen to Gary talk about the new edition above, and read the description below. He'll be at Two Sister's Bookery at the Cotton Exchange on Saturday, 12/9, 11:00am-1:00pm. 

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When you think of an accessible space, you might picture a ramp to the side door of a building, big metal grab bars next to a toilet, or a button with a wheelchair insignia that automatically opens doors.  But a concept called Universal Design is gaining traction.

UNCW Associate Professor Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock examines emodiment questions and stigma surrounding disabilities.
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When you think about disability and how you define it, what comes to mind?  A child who doesn’t learn through conventional methods?  An older person who struggles to get groceries from the car to the front door?  Do you imagine a person in a wheelchair? 

One disability researcher says our binary view of ability or lack of it is misguided; ability spans a spectrum from Olympic-level athleticism to death – and we’re all somewhere on that spectrum.  On this edition of CoastLine, we explore how we look at disability and what impact those views have on all of us. 

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Allon Nir was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was 26 years old; up until that point, doctors weren't sure what to make of him. Allon reflects on his condition and why he loves comic performing, even though performing might seem like the last thing he would want to do. Comedy can be especially brutal to the self-esteem, but comedy is Allon's favorite genre.

SDCI

A group called SignDance Collective International (SDCI) is coming to town to share their work in dance, theatre, and music with differently-abled performers. SDCI was created by Isolte Avila and David Bower in 2001. Avila has a physical disability, Bower is profoundly deaf; they have created a diverse performance group after developing SignDance Theatre in the late 1980s.

Play Ball! The Miracle League

Mar 20, 2016

Executive Director of Wilmington's  Miracle League, Jennifer Bell, joined us in the studio to talk about the opening of the baseball season on Miracle Field. The games began on March 12th.  The Miracle League offers opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to play America's favorite ballgame.  Listen to Jennifer Bell above to learn more.