April Forward favourites

Welcome to our April favourites, where we share what we’ve been watching, listening to and reading over the past month with the hope that it will inspire you to engage with the content.

What we’re watching:

DisRupted: Three Short Films about Disability

The DisRupted series features three short children’s films (though anyone will enjoy them) led by emerging Australian creatives living with a disability. In Rocky & Me, 11-year old Stella gets her first wheelchair, and along with it, her independence. And Then Something Changed tells the story of eight-year-old Louis, who lives with Achondroplasia, waking up to find himself in an inaccessible world. Is it a dream? Or is it real? In The Legend of Burnout Barry, Wheely, Brent and Shay are an inseparable trio of teenagers, hell-bent on having a good time and pushing the limits of whatʼs possible. It’s $28 AUD to watch all three films, and we definitely recommend it!

Image source: This is Spinal Crap

What we’re listening to:

Spinal Crap: Any and every episode

We’ve been obsessed with this podcast recently. The voices behind spinal crap are 6 friends who met at the Inter Spinal Unit Games 2019 when they were put in a team together. They immediately clicked and started a WhatsApp group where they soon felt their banter was wasted. This is where ‘This is Spinal Crap’ was born. It’s a podcast about living well with a Spinal Cord Injury, injected with a lot of humour.

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What we’re reading:

How radical acceptance of my disabled body made a mess (and clarity) of my gender acceptance by A.Andrews

Content warning: Contains gender and body dysphoria

In this honest portrayal of disability and sexuality, Andrews talks about accepting their body and lack of control over it as one of the first things they ever had to do: ‘I don’t grieve for my disabled body, but I do grieve for the time I spent hating it’. Andrews explains that accepting disability is more than ‘being okay with perceived shortcomings’ but for them, entailed coming to terms with understanding that their body is a part of who they are. ‘Accepting disability has meant accepting and truly believing that I deserve access to the life that I want for myself’. We couldn’t stop reading this article and recommend it to absolutely everyone.

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