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Why I Hate "ME BEFORE YOU" A comedian in a wheelchair tries to get from Manhattan to Brooklyn (VIDEO). Cerebral Palsy Foundation “New York, the city that never stops fucking with you,” Zach Anner says in this charming video as he attempts to traverse the city in his wheelchair.

A comedian in a wheelchair tries to get from Manhattan to Brooklyn (VIDEO).

The mission seems simple enough: Go get a rainbow bagel in Brooklyn. But New York’s not even among the top 10 most wheelchair-accessible cities in the U.S., and that presents certain obstacles. It should only take 28 minutes, according to Google Maps, but there’s no accessible subway. Fortunately, there is a boat ... The Texas comedian’s quest comes via the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, which cleverly shows how the transportation routes many people take for granted can be impossible for others. Disability in Kidlit — Reviews, articles, and more about the portrayal of disabilities in children's fiction. Unboxing Ableism. Disability and Hollywood, a Sordid Affair. Category: Art and Entertainment, Media By Maysoon Zayid | February 8, 2017 Marlee Matlin.

Disability and Hollywood, a Sordid Affair

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images And the winner is … definitely not an actor with a visible disability. I say visible disability because I have no way of knowing if any of the nominees in the acting categories have an invisible disability. On the rare occasion that a disabled character is given a major storyline, it is always one of three plots: “You can’t love me because I’m disabled!” The disabled community is the largest minority group in America and by far the most underrepresented in media. Aside from the lack of positive and permanent disabled presence in media, there is also the fact that nondisabled actors are still cripping up. Disabled film director and founder of #FilmDis, Dominick Evans, has watched hundreds of films featuring characters cripping up. There have been glimmers of hope. The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author alone and do not represent WMC.

Tags: Metaphase and the Down’s syndrome superhero. A little while back, ImagineFX magazine contacted me asking for a feature about ‘unlikely’ superheroes.

Metaphase and the Down’s syndrome superhero

Of course, I said ‘yes’ straight away – I love comics and I love ‘unlikely’ – and you’ll be able to read my piece in issue 146, on sale 24 February 2017 in the UK. As the brief talked about LGBTQ+ and plus-size superheroes, I straight away wondered whether there are any disabled superheroes out there, and any with Down’s syndrome (DS). My son Teddy has DS so it’s close to my heart. Very quickly, I discovered Metaphase, a graphic novel put together by Chip Reece and Kelly Williams, and published with some Kickstarter help by Alterna Comics.

Chip’s son Ollie not only has DS but had a heart defect which meant a series of painful operations beginning when he was 10 days old. In the comic, Ollie is a little boy whose dad is a superhero. Comic writer Chip Reece talks about Metaphase The project initially started with me throwing a script together for a little 10-page teaser comic.