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Disability Media: Disability Related Books & Movies

Disability Media: Disability Related Books & Movies

Disability Related Books and Movies

Reviews of disability related books and movies!

Test Your Disability Knowledge! Watch “The Fundamentals of Caring”

This is a a review of the movie, The Fundamentals of Caring I think Paul Rudd is adorable so when I was scrolling around on Netflix tonight for something to watch in my precious downtime, and saw he was in a disability related movie, I pressed, "play" pretty fast. The Fundamentals of Caring I'm in [...]

Read Disabled Authors: 10 Disability Related Books for Your Pleasure

10 great disability related books by disabled authors, covering experience with paralysis, mental illness, chronic illness, deafness, blindness and more!

Feeling Through Movie: Reviewed by a Deafblind Woman

This is a review of the movie, "Feeling Through," by a Deafblind viewer, Lisa Ferris. This was originally posted as, "Short Film “Feeling Through” Feels Racist, Ablist, and Tired," on Lisa's personal blog, link in her bio below.   As a Deafblind woman, I was excited to hear the buzz that was afloat about an Oscar nominated [...]

Opportunities & Obstacles: Representations of Disability in Film and Media

Reflection and video from the Roundtable Discussion at Center for Disability Studies’ Pac Rim Conference

The Hiring Chain

This is about "The Hiring Chain," a new video on hiring people with Down syndrome by Coor Down World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st This is because Down syndrome is 3 copies of the 21st chromosome (3/21!). On World Down syndrome Day, we celebrate the presence of people with Down syndrome in our world [...]

“The Sound of Metal” – A Review

The Sound of Metal is a movie about a man who is going deaf, his experience in learning ASL, Deaf-hood, then getting a cochlear implant. Deaf-reviewed here

Billie Eilish In Sharp Focus: The World’s A Little Blurry

This is a review of the documentary on Billie Eilish, "The World's a Little Blurry." This review will talk about every aspect of this documentary, it's all spoilers! If you want to hear it read, click the link below. Play in new window | Download The World's a Little Blurry... Billie Eilish is the [...]

Watch “Listen” Instead of “Music”

This is about Sia's movie, "Music," and the Autistic response to it with "Listen." The Movie, "Music" is a Mess This is what happened: the singer Sia wanted to make a movie about Autistics. She didn't cast an Autistic actor for the lead part, nor did she consult the Autistic community on the script or [...]

Movies About Rare Diseases and Disorders That Are Awesome

A plump and useful list of movies about rare diseases and conditions

Love and Disability in the Movies: Disabled Love Movies for You to Watch!

This post is about love and disability in the movies - that is, love stories with disability intersections. Love and Disability in the Movies Hollywood loves disability (just not disabled actors). It also loves love. There are a lot of movies that have intersections of both love and disability; it's just super rare to have [...]

A Movie Like Run: Riveting, Representing and Rupturing

This is a review of the movie, Run, starring Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allan, which is currently playing on Hulu. Spoilers are in this review! WHOAH! Run: A Movie with Some Pop Run is the first move in a long time to star an actual wheelchair user in a lead role, and that's pretty exciting [...]

The Misfits Who Rock and Rolled: A Review of Crip Camp

This post is a Crip Camp Review. This review is available in a downloadable PDF for my patrons, linked here. It's also at the end of this post for people who benefit from access to PDF'. If you want to hear me reading this, just click the link below. Play in new window | [...]

Funniest Family Movies of All Time

Need to laugh? This list has you covered!

“37 Seconds” Came Busting Out of Japan and Knocked Me Over

This is about the Japanese movie, 37 Seconds, that is currently on Netflix. There are a few spoilers in this review. My friend Mellanie sent me a message the other day, asking if I'd ever seen 37 Seconds. I scuttled over and watched it, pronto. Here's the preview: 37 Seconds Movies that truly to seem [...]

“The Healing Powers of Dude” Made Me Feel Like a Grumpy Bitch

This is about a new show on Netflix called, "The Healing Powers of Dude." There are some spoilers in it! The Healing Powers of Dude has "good stuff" written all over it. A show geared for tweens, about a (white) kid with social anxiety, and his best friends in middle school are an Asian girl [...]

Activism Against Ableism: A Short Film on Everything You Need to Know

This is a short video explaining what ableism is, the basic pieces behind disability rights, and what having a disability is, what a disability is. What is Ableism? Ableism is  prejudice against people with disabilities. Ableism is real, and exists even among people with disabilities, as we can internalize the ableism that is rampant in [...]

How to Get a Free Movie Disability Companion Pass

This is about how to get a free disability companion pass at a movie theatre. I love going to the movies, and I love taking my kids to the movies. I love everything about it: the experience of being excited to see something, the anticipation while waiting in line. I love the comforting feel of [...]

Rae Reviews: Stumble to Rise: a Memoir on Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Rae reviews the book, Stumble to Rise, in this post. Stumble to Rise is an autobiographical description of living a full life with multiple sclerosis (MS). Gina, the author, has a meaningful career, an active family and a stylish home. She describes both the medical and physical experience of MS (procedures, mobility issues) as well as [...]

Dear Hearing World

This is a a video of a poem and performance about being Deaf in a hearing world. Dear Hearing World Dear Hearing World is a short film directed by Adam Docker, based on Raymond Antrobus’ poem by the same name. The film blends Raymond’s spoken words with music and deaf actress Vilma Jackson’s powerful and [...]

Disney+ Disability Related Movies

This is about the best new disability-related content on the Disney+ streaming service. I will be updating this post as I watch or hear of more movies, so keep it bookmarked! Disney+ is out now. That is, the full vault of all of their movies, unleashed. In and of itself, that's huge, but they have [...]

How to Talk About Disability in Movies with Kids

This is about how to talk about disability in movies with kids. That is, how to talk with your kids about disability-related content that you see in movies and TV shows. It includes a free PDF "cheat sheet" and is also available through my podcast (both are linked at the end of the post). Whether [...]

The Gilmore Girls and The Lens of Time

My friend Maegan got me hooked on the Gilmore Girls. It's honestly pretty incredible that I somehow went through the 00's and never watched it. Like, NEVER. Never, ever, ever. There are two reasons why I never watched it: The spacing between Lauren Graham's nose and mouth bothered me I didn't like the font used [...]

“Love at Second Sight” Short Movie About Facial Difference and Love

This is about "Love at Second Sight", a short movie about facially different David Roche and his wife, Marlena Blavin David Roche was a featured Cool Cat on this blog in 2013 (read the interview linked here!) I have been a fan of his forever, for so many reasons. One, I think it takes real [...]

Samsung Commercial for DeafBlind in India: “Caring for the Impossible”

This is about Samsung commercial for DeafBlind in India. The commercial is called, "Caring for the Impossible." Samsung produced an ad a while ago called, "Hearing Hands." It was about a deaf guy in Turkey, whose community all of the sudden learned sign language to communicate with him. While I was interested in the product [...]

9 Powerful Disability TED Talks to Unlock & Blow Your Mind

This is a collection of some 9 powerful disability TED talks that will make you go, "ah-ha!" They also happen to be my favorite disability TED talks. I'm a list junkie, so it's sort of a list for you and sort of for me, to have all the stuff I love in one place. I [...]

Able: A New Series About Disability in the Entertainment Industry on Amazon

This is about Able, the new series regarding disability in the media on Amazon. 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 [...]

Peanut Butter Falcon Isn’t For Everyone. Here’s Why

This is a movie review of Peanut Butter Falcon. There are spoilers in it. Sort of. Not really. But sort of. Peanut Butter Falcon Peanut Butter Falcon is fundamentally a story of adventure and friendship, of healing and connection. A lot of people and places are talking about this movie, so I thought I'd just [...]

Book Review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds

This is a book review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a children's book. There are affiliate links in this post (read more about my disclosure policy here) I am always looking for quality books for my children to engage with. In these troubled times, I also look for quality books that [...]

Book Review: “No Ordinary Boy” by Jennifer Johannesen

I am re-publishing this review of No Ordinary boy because it is Owen's birthday. He would be 21 if he were alive today. In commemorating her son, Jennifer is offering No Ordinary Boy free as a PDF. It is linked at the end of this post. No Ordinary Boy No Ordinary Boy is a relatively [...]

A Short Film About A Man with Down Syndrome Exploring Tokyo Pushes Boundaries

A short film about a man with Down syndrome exploring Tokyo

Netflix’s “Special” Packs a Punch

Cerebral Palsy, sex, being gay: what’s not to love?!

Rae Reviews: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rae Hower reviews the book, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, in this post. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is about twin sisters whose mother has Huntington’s disease. It takes place during their senior year of high school. The sisters must decide whether to [...]

BirdBox: A Movie with Blind Advantage, from a Deaf Perspective

This post is about the Netflix movie, BirdBox. Don't read this post if you hate spoilers, because it's full of them! My good friend came over the other day and we watched BirdBox together (pausing all the way through to make sure our kids weren't watching, that they were playing nicely, for our own popcorn [...]

The Interviewer: This Disability-Related Short Film Will Blow Your Mind!

I don't really want to talk about this before you watch it. So please watch it! The Interviewer Now that you've watched it, I'd love to hear what you thought about it! Buy A Copy of It For Yourself or Your Company

Loving Vincent: A Review of a 65,000 Painting Movie

I am a member of Netflix #DVDNation. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of course, my own. #ad This post is about the movie, Loving Vincent, which I watched  through DVD Netflix. I am writing this as Netflix is celebrating 20 years of being in our lives (visit the Netflix 20th Anniversary Page [...]

Beyond Children of a Lesser God: 20+ Best Deaf Movies

Affiliate links are in this post! That means that if you buy something using a link in my post, I'll get a percentage of the profit from Amazon (thanks Jeff!), but you pay no more. It's a great way to support the work I do, so thanks! This post is a collection (list post) of [...]

My 3 Favorite Movies from 1998

I am a member of Netflix #DVDNation. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of course, my own. #ad This post is about my favorite movies from 1998. Why 1998? Well, I love Netflix, and Netflix is celebrating 20 years of DVD's right now. In honor of Netflix, I took a look back at [...]

Getting to Know “Switched at Birth”

I am a member of Netflix #DVDNation. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of course, my own. #ad This post is about the TV series, Switched at Birth, which I have been watching through DVD Netflix. I am writing this as Netflix is celebrating 20 years of being in our lives (visit the [...]

3 Things About the Movie “Wonder” + Suggestions for Talking About it All With Your Kids


You Know Why “The Shape of Water” is Compelling, Don’t You?

I am a member of Netflix #DVDNation. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of course, my own. #ad  14 years ago, I lined up my first movie from Netflix. It was The Phantom of the Opera (2004) one of my all-time favorite movies. As a kid who grew up on the outside of things, [...]

Book Review: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

I recently read "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" by Roxane Gay for the Lit League Book club. I was the one who chose that book, because I had seen enough friends with disabilities posting on Facebook about how powerful they thought the book was, what a short read it was, and how much they [...]

“Not Always Happy” Book Review & Giveaway

One of the more rampant stereotypes about people with Down syndrome is that they are always happy. Don't ask why that sticks in the face of a screaming child with Down syndrome - even when someone actually sees my child in a rage, they have been known to comment (with a chuckle) about how "those" [...]

Wonder Woman & The Case of a Classic Trope Fail

I'm an enormous Wonder Woman fan. So much so that for as long as I remember, it's been the go-to for most people I know who want to give me something (Meriah's birthday? Oh, hey! Wonder Woman card/frame/keychain/t-shirt/headband/notebook/socks/earrings/poster/pen). Totally not complaining over here - I always love it. I was really, REALLY excited about the [...]

“The Right to Live in the World”: More Books for Disability Advocates and Those Who Want to Learn about Disability Advocacy by Steven E. Brown

Dr. Brown’s current picks, including books for younger readers – don’t miss it!

My Body Doesn’t Oppress Me; Society Does – Short Film by Dean Spade

My Body Doesn't Oppress Me; Society Does Understanding the social and medical models of disability can be difficult for people who are raised in the mainstream non-disabled (and usually inaccessible) American culture. Understanding the concept of Universal Access can also be difficult - and so Dean Spade has created a super-awesome short, a conversation between Stacey [...]

Cultivating Community – “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” a New Book by Janice Fialka, Reviewed by Naomi Ortiz

“What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love is a new book by Janice Fialka, reviewed by Naomi Ortiz Community connections can happen in any place, at any time. Recently I was on a strategy conference call and I mentioned the work I do around Disability justice. A [...]

Watch the Best Short Movie of the Year: #NotSpecialNeeds

The new short gets it right

#ShePersisted: The Disability Edition – a Persistent Book List by Sandy Ho

#ShePersisted: The Disability Edition – a Persistent Book List by Sandy Ho – a complete list of kick-ass books related to persisting.

Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome

Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome Moxie, my daughter who has Down syndrome, has recently had behavioral issues at school. A bit of background: Moxie goes to The Best School Ever. She has a wonderful, caring teacher and Moxie's aide is a lovely woman whom Moxie has known and trusted for years now - ever since [...]

Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives 10th Edition

The 10th edition of this stellar book has just been released and I am honored to be a part of it.

Speechless h-e-r HERO Left Me Speechless. Here’s Why

Episode 12 of the abc show, Speechless h-e-r HERO knocked the ball out of the park with the disability narrative

The Kids Corner: Micah Reviews Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets

Micah reviews Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with a little mojo from Moxie. Ha!

Speechless: The New TV Show With Something to Say

“Speechless” is the new TV show that takes on some of the toughest issues in the disability community, laughing all the while.

Book Review: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve been meaning to do a few more book reviews on this here blog. I kind of have a hard time getting around to it most of the time, but since I’m laid up with a maimed ankle…! I’ve got the time! Big Magic is by Elizabeth Gilbert, and you’ve got to know that she’s not …

Song of the Sea

The movie, Song of the Sea, found it’s way to our Kindle Fire. Don’t ask me how; I have no idea – it’s not the type of movie that I am more prone to purchasing. It’s not rounded enough for my Pixar-iefied, Disney-bred taste. It’s an Irish movie, I believe, and while it’s for kids, …

Up Syndrome by Megan Abner, a Woman with Down syndrome

I’ve written a bit about how I’d love to have more adults with Down syndrome speaking and writing of their life experience, views on therapy and disability – much like the Autistics do within the Autism Community. I mean, we can sit around and talk about Down syndrome all day long but we’ll never know …

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