Wicked Good

This is SO cool! The Disability Rights Commission put together a video (split into Parts 1 & 2). The official description for Talk:

The award-winning ‘Talk’ portrays a society in which non-disabled people are a pitied minority and disabled people lead full and active lives. Jonathan Kerrigan, of BBC’s ‘Casualty’ fame, plays a business executive whose negative preconceptions of disability are dramatically shattered.

“Coffee-spew warning”: their official description doesn’t begin to describe the wicked-good bits; they’re absolutely spot-on with digs at disablism!

This particular version is both subtitled (open-captioned) and signed. I think that’s signed in BSL; someone kindly let me know. Be sure to scroll downpage for the Part 2.



  1. Christopher said,

    15 October 2007 at 14:52

    This is actually very interesting. When I was in college at the University of Virginia, we would have disability and campus accessibility days where we would have people volunteer to spend the whole day in a wheelchair. Just to see how difficult it was for them. It was a great tool… sometimes you can’t see the picture unless you are really in someone else’s shoes for a bit. (Empathy is not a particularly strong trait among many people.)

  2. shiva said,

    5 October 2007 at 14:21

    Can’t watch the video right now (my computer’s doing too many other things to not crash if it tries to play it), but it sounds loosely based on Vic Finkelstein’s famous essay “To Deny Or Not To Deny Disability”, in which he describes a hypothetical world where wheelchair use is the norm and non-wheelchair-users are “disabled” (considered, IIRC, one of the foundational works in the development of the social model of disability)…

    While i like the concept, i do have some problems with Finkelstein’s (and contemporaries such as Mike Oliver’s) version of the social model – IMO it’s too easy to set up a straw man by claiming every aspect of disability is caused purely by social discrimination, while ignoring the realities of impairment. (Feminist disability theorists such as Jenny Morris and Micheline Mason have responded to this by arguing that the social model is strengthened, not weakened, by bringing awareness of impaired embodiment back into it.)

    I love the provocativeness of this type of preconception-challenging, but IMO it needs to be recognised as not quite the complete picture…

  3. starryangels said,

    5 October 2007 at 9:05

    Yes, it’s BSL.

  4. baliwhat said,

    5 October 2007 at 3:03

    I love this! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Autism Mom said,

    4 October 2007 at 19:39

    Pretty cool, thanks for posting this.

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