Welcome to our June 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 and connect.
Image source: Re-Inventing the Wheel
What we’re watching:
Re-Inventing the Wheel
Re-Inventing the Wheel is a feature-length documentary film about the power of peer support and resilience. It follows the journey of newly injured Dan McLean and his first year living with paraplegia, highlighting some of the trials and tribulations of living with a disability. The film introduces us to a unique community of adventurous wheelchair users, whether sailing, golfing or camping; they prove nothing is stopping them from reaching their goals. Adventuring alongside them, Dan uncovers the importance of community, participation and peer support as a person living with a disability.
Image source: ListenABLE Episode 55 – Joel Sardi
What we’re listening to:
ListenABLE Episode 55 – Joel Sardi
In this episode, co-hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin catch up with Army veteran and Forward Ambassador Joel Sardi. Joel recounts the moments of his accident falling down a flight of stairs and the moment he went viral after sharing a post about the time a local restaurant refused to let him in because of his wheelchair. Joel continues to talk about his experience as a father and shares the special moments he shares with his 17-month-old daughter Esme and the excitement of welcoming his second daughter last month. Watch or listen to the entire episode below.
What we’re reading:
Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig
Writer, teacher and disability advocate Rebekah Taussig recalls her experience growing up living with a physical disability during the late 90s and early 2000s. From finding little to no representation of her lived experience in mainstream media and her longing for more stories that allowed people living with disability to be complex yet ordinary and, most of all, be celebrated. In this insightful collection of memoirs, Rebekah reflects on the importance of sharing the stories and amplifying the voices of the most diverse communities in our society. It’s definitely worth the read!
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