Exploring the Culture of Disability at the Paralympic Games

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This week the London Paralympic Games have brought increased attention to people with disabilities, built upon the athletes and the artistic community represented in the Cultural Olympiad celebrations. 

Artistic expression is just one part of the larger narrative of the disability culture, in which the voices of the disabled are outlets of both personal expression, and a farther-reaching means of education.

Sue Austin is an artist participating in the Unlimited Festival of the Cultural Olympiad. Sue has designed a self-propelled underwater wheelchair, and has captured on film her gentle underwater movement in the chair. Phyllis Boerner is the Community Relations Director of United Disability Services, and the director of United Disability Service’s arts magazine, Kaleidoscope.


Sue Austin and Phyllis Boerner

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Comments [2]

Raquel from akron, OH

This is an awesome way to shine the light on the services provided by UDS and the artist within those the may not be looked upon as artistic, keep up the good work Phyllis Boerner and team

Aug. 30 2012 10:47 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn,N.Y.

Eventually, the Paralympics game will be at the same time as the regular Olympics... so everybody can see them at the same time. It will eliminate the stigma associated with disability and inspire people too

Aug. 30 2012 08:05 AM

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