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May Forward favourites

We hope you’ve been enjoying our monthly Forward Favourites series as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it! Here’s the May instalment of our top media picks of the month.

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What we’re watching:


A movie directed by Andy Serkis

The movie is based on the true story of Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield, who was paralysed from the neck down due to polio at the age of 28. Despite his devastating condition, with the unwavering support of his wife Diana, portrayed by Claire Foy, Robin refuses to be confined to a hospital bed and instead chooses to live a fulfilling and adventurous life. Together, they challenge the boundaries of disability, pioneering new technology and advocating for the rights of disabled individuals.

You can watch the amazing dramatisation of Robin’s life here.

What we’re listening to:

Episode 204 – What if kindness isn’t the answer

Two disabled dudes, podcast by Sean and Kyle

“Two Disabled Dudes” is a powerful podcast hosted by Sean and Kyle, who both live with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare disease that affects their balance and coordination, significantly limiting their physical abilities.
Through their candid conversations and interviews with guests, they provide unique perspectives and insights into the disabled community. With a focus on empowerment and positivity, “Two Disabled Dudes” aims to inspire and educate listeners while fostering a sense of community and support for individuals with disabilities.

Click here to listen to the entire podcast.

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What we’re reading:

Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life

By Philip Simmons

Philip Simmons was faced with a life-altering diagnosis at the age of thirty-five in 1993. Learning that he had ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and being given a prognosis of less than five years to live, Simmons had to confront the daunting challenge of his own mortality. As a young husband, father, and aspiring writer, he embarked on a journey to understand the art of dying and, against the odds, discovered the art of living.

In his remarkable book, Simmons shares his personal odyssey of seeking peace and cultivating a profound connection with the mysteries of everyday existence. This poignant and surprisingly uplifting memoir chronicles his relentless pursuit of joy, wisdom, and purpose in the face of adversity.

You can purchase the copy offline, borrow it from libraries around you, online or as an audiobook.

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