ABLE is a series of interviews between Kallen and Alie, the producers of the show, and actors with disabilities.
It is not a show itself, it’s not a sitcom, it’s not like Special or Speechless. It’s a series of short interviews about disability in the media, about becoming an actor or entertainer with a disability.
It’s about inclusion and access in the entertainment industry, it’s about representation.
Able Did Not Blow My Mind
I feel kind of mean saying that Able did not blow my mind, but I have to be honest: it didn’t.
Most of the stuff on there is really old news for me, and it wasn’t told in what (for me) would be a fresh way. It did not give me any “a-ha!” moments.
But Able is Great for:
If you are fairly new to the world of disability though, it would give you tons of “a-ha!”, I know it would.
Maysoon Zayid’s alone would make you pop (God, but I love Maysoon Zayid!! Watch her TED Talk here)
Succinct soundbites for disability related presentations or trainings
Lots of people who read this blog give presentations on disability and need soundbites to put in presentations or trainings. Able is full of those soundbites!
You would probably want to get a copy of the series through their site (links below) to have on hand. It will be really useful for a future training when you need clips of people with disabilities talking about us being the largest minority group in the world that anyone can join at any time (and so forth).
The fact that Able is on Amazon Prime did blow my mind.
This is not the kind of show that I expect to see on Amazon – it’s way too real for that, way too on-point and (dare I say?) unfashionable, not sexy. This is the type of series that I would expect to see at a conference on inclusion and access, not alongside Late Night or Sea Prince and the Fire Child.
The fact that Amazon has it in their Prime lineup, and that the information in the series is so unerringly sharp, were what made me watch it and want to write about it. This is the kind of stuff that I want to support because it’s a start.
The best way to say, “more disability, please!” to Amazon (or any other corporation) is through views.
So let’s watch it!
Support this awesome endeavor, this bright start!
And remember my post about getting Prime on EBT/Medicaid, or as a Student or the free trial? This is a great way to get going with it, if you haven’t already.
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Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.