Disability Pride, Culture, and History Resources for Youth
The following resources may be useful in supporting disability pride and culture, and in raising awareness among youth.
I Am Norm Initiative. (http://www.iamnorm.org). This national initiative, created by young people with and without disabilities, promotes the acceptance, respect, and full inclusion of youth with disabilities in schools and communities. Through the campaign, they hope to raise awareness about inclusion, provide opportunities for youth to share their ideas about inclusion, and promote inclusive practices in schools and communities.
Stereotypes of People with Disabilities (http://www.youtube.com). This video was created by the Disabled Young People's Collective in North Carolina and features young people talking about disability stereotypes and disability history facts, and concludes with the Self-Advocacy Rap. Listed under ''Disability History Education Video."
Why They Gotta Do Me Like That? (The Empowered Fe Fes Take On Bullying). Produced in a workshop with the junior group of the Empowered Fe Fes, a project of Access Living in Chicago, this film features 13 young women with disabilities exploring school-based bullying by interviewing people on why bullying happens and how they respond, and then acting out common experiences with new solutions. The Empowered Fe Fes demand viewers consider bullying as a serious issue of discrimination, and work together to both understand the stop the problem. It's available through http://www.beyondmedia.org/.
The Silver Scorpion (http://www.scribd.com/doc/54721700/Silver-Scorpion). This new comic book superhero was developed by American and Syrian youth disability advocates. "The Silver Scorpion" tells the story of an Arabic teenager, Bashir Bari, who loses his legs in a tragic accident. Consumed with anger and grief, Bashir retreats into a world of isolation, resentful of the pitiful looks and whispers of strangers. Through a series of events he is unwittingly chosen as the new guardian of an ancient power that has remained hidden for centuries. With new abilities allowing him to manipulate the metal around him, Bashir must rise above his personal grief and use this newfound gift to protect the world, while learning firsthand to embrace the values of tolerance and cooperation to achieve great heights. Published by Liquid Comics and the Open Hands Initiative, a digital edition of Silver Scorpion is available for free on the home page of Scribd.com where it can be read online and through iPad devices, as well as shared through Facebook and Twitter. For more background on how the Silver Scorpion came to be, visit http://www.openhandsinitiative.org/.
Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/241). Citation: Palmer, S., Heyne, L., Montie, J., Abery, B., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Spring/Summer 2011). Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting the Social Well-Being of Children and Youth with Disabilities, 24(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].