The Disability Dialogue: Disability as Diversity

LeahDisability as Diversity: Round Peg, Round Hole?

By Leah Smith
The Disability Dialogue
Regular Contributor

HBO recently announced the upcoming launch of its HBO Access Writing Fellowship, inviting emerging writers from diverse backgrounds to apply. According to HBO’s announcement, if accepted, the person would be given the “opportunity to attend a week of master classes… [and] then enter into an 8-month writing phase, where he/she would be partnered with an HBO Development executive and guided through the script development process.”

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Balloon Manor the Amazing Air-Filled Under-Sea Adventure!

Dive five stories down! Check out this 5-story balloon sculpture inside the Sibley Building in Downtown Rochester! February 27th - March 8th! Specific times and details can be found on the website - www.balloonmanor.com. Going on Now at the Sibley Building (250 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604) will be free for the public to view and enjoy! This creation is brought to you by Airigami and the countless volunteers who work on this build for five days straight. Airigami has worked hard to make this an accessible event for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Here is the audio version of the verbal description of Balloon Manor. The link is downloadable here: http://bit.ly/1FdNFLE

If you visit the Sibley Building to check out this amazing balloon sculpture, stop by CDR's table to pick up a word document of the description as well!

 
The Disability Dialogue: Fair Housing

Ericka JOnesDisabled Woman Calls for More Safe, Accessible Housing Options

By Ericka Jones
The Disability Dialogue
Guest Blogger

Though there are many challenges facing the disability community today, there are some basic rights that all people should have access to. Safety and accessibility are just a couple. For instance, one should never have to make the choice between safety and just having a place to lay their head at night. Everyone should have the right to live in a place that they feel safe and secure in. They should also not have to settle because the safer places they looked at are not physically accessible. However, that is often not what happens.

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The Disability Dialogue: No Modern Asylums

Emily LadauNo Modern Asylums: A Response to Dr. Christine Montross

By Emily Ladau
The Disability Dialogue
Regular Contributor

History has consistently proven that the way forward is not to move backwards, and yet, this is exactly what three ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania propose should be done for people with mental health conditions*. Echoing this idea in “The Modern Asylum,” a recent Op-Ed for The New York Times, Dr. Christine Montross reflects on her experiences as a hospital psychiatrist, expressing disappointment with the current status of mental health care. A return to institutional facilities, she argues, would be an ideal alternative to the vicious cycle of challenges faced by those with mental health disabilities who cannot find effective, stable care in community settings.

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The Disability Dialogue: Optional, People or Optional People?

Leah SmithOptional, People or Optional People?

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

In the entertainment industry, there is currently a great deal of hullabaloo surrounding the idea that disabled characters should be played by disabled actors and actresses. Often times, writers will create a character with cerebral palsy, for example, but the role will be played by a nondisabled actor that does not have CP or fully understand that experience. For all of the actors and actresses out there that do, in fact, have CP, this is frustrating. This seems like it would be the one role that would be a shoe-in, right?

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