Saturday, 4 June 2016

Weekend reading: 4 - 5 June 2016

The whisper campaign
Kaari Wagner-Peck, A Typical Son, 27 May 2016
... I turned to Thorin: “She has four people with Down syndrome in her family!”

He looked up at me and rolled his eyes ...

Almanac Life: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Tess Pryor, The Footy Almanac, 28 May 2016
... Between the Vic Market and Collins Street I found out my new mate was called Enzo, he got a bus and then a tram to work, and then a tram and a bus back home and had a dog “instead of a cat”.

As we got up to disembark at Collins St I asked him if he had an umbrella as it was still raining.

No, but I’ve got a beanie in my bag. It’s a Bombers one, I will put that on.

I wanted to give him a hug goodbye but we were involuntarily separated by a surge of fast-moving hostile umbrellas.

Immersing myself in a drab John Brack Collins St, I realised the weather hadn’t improved but my outlook certainly had thanks to the joy that was Enzo ...

'Give us a chance': American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer on tackling Hollywood with a disability
Jenny Noyes, Daily Life, 1 June 2016
If you're a fan of the American Horror Story anthology, you'll be more than familiar with Jamie Brewer. The 31-year-old actress has played three separate roles over the course of the Emmy-winning series' life. In the first season, she was Addie, the daughter of Jessica Lange's Constance Langdon. In the third season, she played Nan, a clairvoyant witch. And most recently, she voiced Marjorie, a ventriloquist's (played by Neil Patrick Harris) demonic doll.

As an actor with Down Syndrome, she's a shining example for what can be achieved when filmmakers commit to authentic casting and recognise the value of actors who may not fit the typical able-bodied mould ...

The One Thing I Would Change About Down Syndrome
Meriah Nichols, A Little Moxie,  1 June 2016
Down syndrome isn't a big deal with us, overall. It's a part of Moxie that we appreciate and love - except for one thing. One.
... The only thing that I truly hate about Down syndrome is the bolting – the zero impulse control ...

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 4 June 2016
Hollywood has a history of snubbing minority groups, but there’s been some incremental progress recently. Just look at “Master of None,” “Creed,” “Transparent,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fresh Off the Boat.”

Disabled characters, however, remain an anomaly, and when they do show up, they’re usually either tragic victims or sources of inspiration.

That may be changing. Activists are outraged at the new movie “Me Before You” for its disabled lead character who feels his life is no longer worth living ...

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