Accessibility Resources

Articles

As Hollywood and Tech look to Boost Diversity, Accessibility is Finally Having Its Moment   by Abrar Al-Heeti

Studios and tech giants have ramped up efforts to include people with disabilities, but the work’s just begun.  

NBCUniversal Adopts Guidelines to Audition Actors with Disabilities from DiverseAbility Magazine

NBCUniversal has committed to audition actors with disabilities with each new studio production, joining the roster of organizations pledging to follow guidelines created by the Ruderman Family Foundation to make film and TV more inclusive.

Best Practices of Accessible Museum Websites by Sina Bahram

This article explores ten high-impact areas you should consider to enhance your website’s accessibility and bring it into conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Why You Might Want to Visit this Inclusive Amusement Park on Your Next Vacation by Joshua Brown

Morgan’s Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind theme park where every attraction is specially designed for “100% inclusion” of those with disabilities.

Inclusion Makes Significant Gains Throughout Amusement Industry Attractions by Tim Baldwin

In past decades parks have evolved in terms of accessibility to rides, no smoking policies throughout the park and more. A recent advancement is that of inclusion when it comes to autism disorders.

Videos

Wheelsnoheels - Gem Hubbard

 

Gem Hubbard has created a video playlist of 10 videos reporting on her experience with accessibility practices within the Walt Disney World Resort as someone who uses a wheelchair. 

 
Disability Advocacy: Reaching for an Accessible Future | Jessica Benham | TEDxUniversityofPittsburgh
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Disability Advocacy: Reaching for an Accessible Future | Jessica Benham | TEDxUniversityofPittsburgh

Tomorrow, anyone could be disabled, reminds Jess Benham, a disabled activist academic, in this talk. People with disabilities have rights and contribute to our society in often unrecognized ways. Benham urges us to reconsider how disability and accessibility truly impact our lives, in the past, the present, and the future. Jessica is a strong advocate for Autistic rights and currently serves as the Director of Public Policy at the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy. Among other projects, Jess has organized a statewide coalition against organ transplant discrimination, pushed successfully for more and better Medicaid waiver services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and trained first responders in autism competence. Jessica Benham is also a doctoral student in Communications, where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, and master’s student in Bioethics at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a master’s in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communication from Bethel University. In addition to her academic appointments and activism, Jessica’s research interest lies mainly in the investigation of the rhetorical and ethical constructions of disability in society. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Podcasts

Disability Matters

Competitive employment and empowerment for people with disabilities is the emphasis of this show.

An Apple A Day

It’s a place to share your experiences and learn from others as we overcome barriers and learn to live a happy and healthy life with a disability.

Myelin & Melanin

Two Black women sharing their musings on life, multiple sclerosis, and everything in between

Disability News

Disability News is a weekly program featuring news about various disabilities.

Disability Employment

The podcast series is about information, ideas, and educating the community about Disability Employment.

AccessPoint with Lis Malone

Where the dialogue between the mainstream and the disabled communities meet.

Disarming Disability

Deconstruct social stigma for people with disabilities to generate a more understanding and inclusive society.

Disability Visibility

A podcast on conversations about politics, culture, and media with disabled people.

Xceptional Leaders

Learn from disability-focus leaders about high profile topics and how they are truly making a difference.

INNERSIGHT FREEDOM

INNERSIGHT INC fights for independence, equality, total accessibility, enforcement and disability rights.

 

Documentaries & Movies

Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty by Lawrence

Carter Long

A documentary about a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilites, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. (32m)

Ray by Taylor Hackford

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (2h 32m)

The Intouchables

by Olivier Nakache

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (1h 52m)

The Peanut Butter Falcon by Tyler Nilson

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. (1h 37m)

Breathe by Andy Serkis

The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. (1h 58m)

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution by James Lebrecht

Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement. (1h 46m)

 

Books

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong

In time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann

A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn’t built for all of us and of one woman’s activism-from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington-Begin Heumann recounts Judy Heumann’s lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance and inclusion in society.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers by John Elder Robison

A born storyteller, Robinson has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own.

Pride Against Prejudice: Transforming Attitudes to Disability by Jenny Morris

Disabled people throughout the world are increasingly naming and comforting the prejudice which we daily experience, expressing our anger at the discrimination we face, and insisting that our lives have value.

The Pretty One by Keah Brown

In The Pretty One, Brown gives contemporary and relatable voice to the diabled- so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated.

We Carry Kevan: Six Friends. Three Countries. No Wheelchair. by Kevan Chandler

In We Carry Kevan the reader sits with Kevan, one head-level above everyone else for the first time in his life and enjoys camaraderie unlike anything most people ever experience.

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma

The incredible life story of Haben Grima, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.

Criptionary: Disability Humor and Satire by Maria Palacios

This humorous collection brings attention to the every day struggles and obstacles faced by persons with disabilities while a message of disability activism through which we reclaim our bodies and our lives.

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

Shane Burcaw’s Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy.

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

In this collection of essays, Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice.

Building Access: Universal Design and Politics of Disability by Aimi Hamraie

Drawing upon a broad archive of personal papers, trade literature, legal documents, and design ephemera, Building Access reveals Universal Design’s complex origins in disabled peoples’ knowledge and expertise about built environments.

 

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