When people with intellectual disabilities assert their own narrations outside of YouTube, they are often seen as not having the ability to discuss their own experiences. People with physical disabilities are also often discouraged from talking candidly about their every day lives through uncomfortable glances that warn their disability is not something to discuss.
Vloggers with disabilities are boldly fight with this stigma and they are using YouTube to help.
The video platform has become an essential medium for people with various disabilities to share their experiences, talking fearlessly about their everyday lives. Though not an exhaustive list of the talented inventors out there, these 11 people with disabilities are utilizing YouTube to share their own stories and advocate for their communities in noteworthy ways.
1. The Clairity Project
Claire Wineland is a 19 -year-old YouTuber lives with cystic fibrosis, a chronic genetic disorder that causes severe damage to a person’s lungs and other vital organs in the body. As an advocate, Claire use her channel called The Clairity Project to talk candidly about her terminal illness. Her videos are undeniably engaging, employing humor and plenty of personality to make heavy subjects like demise approachable.
Claire is known off YouTube for her advocacy work through her nonprofit, the Claire’s Place Foundation, which provides emotional and financial support to someones living with cystic fibrosis and their families. Claire has been a featured speaker at several TED events and was featured in the television series My Last day, a indicate depicting the lives of individuals lives with terminal illnesses.
2. Zach Anner
Zach Anner is a popular YouTuber known for his humor and frank discussions of disability through his personal channel. Zach lives with cerebral palsy, use a power wheelchair to get around. His experiences with physical disabilities serve as an essential cornerstone of his comedy routines.
His series of Workout Wednesday videos intertwine fitness with humorous inspirational talks, a hit with his more than 310,000 subscribers. Zach is also releasing a volume called “If At Birth You Don’t Succeed, ” a comedy-driven memoir chronicling his life.
3. Annie Elainey
Annie Elainey identifies as a “chronically ill, disabled, faggot, female of colouring, ” and uses a wheelchair to get around comfortably. As a YouTuber, Annie talks candidly about disability, body image, gender, race, LGBTQ identity and mental health on her channel.
Annie dedicates a lot of time to shattering fallacies around disability on her channel, particularly for those living with invisible disabilities or conditions. The vlogger is also part of the #NoMoreCraptions movement among YouTuber creators, an effort to improve the precision of closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing viewers.
4. Jordan Bone
Many frequenters of YouTube may remember vlogger Jordan Bone from her viral video addressing why her hands appear to be fisted when applying makeup in beauty videos. In the video, Jordan disclosed she is quadriplegic due to a car accident, with partial paralysis in all four limbs.
Jordan makes videos on beauty, manner, lifestyle and positivity on her channel, use makeup as a route to express herself. She is releasing a memoir in May 2017, titled “My Beautiful Struggle.”
5. Josh Sundquist
Josh Sundquist is a vlogger and comedian who lost one leg as a child to cancer and now utilizes crutches to get around. The vlogger makes entertaining videos on a wide range of topics, including the relations and athletics, which are all informed by his experience with disability.
When not inducing videos, Josh is a Paralympic ski racer, motivational speaker and bestselling author of several volumes. His impressive Halloween costumes go viral every year, ranging from a foosball player to an IHOP sign.
6. JD Dalton
JD Dalton is an Indigenous, gay, low-vision YouTube inventor with albinism. These complex and intersecting identities are essential to JD’s channel, where he promotes self-love and adoption through honest conversations about identity.
JD use his channel as an avenue for social change, espousing the title of activist in relation to his thought-provoking videos. He also often collaborates with YouTube inventors of various identities to bring a greater spectrum of experience to his channel. JD is also part of the #NoMoreCraption movement, with all his videos closed captioned.
7. ASL Stew
YouTubers Jill and Jenna Stewardson a deaf/ hearing couple generated ASL Stew to advocate for the importance of Deaf education, awareness and culture. Through their YouTube channel, the women talk about everything from communication to hearing privilege. Many of their videos feature perspectives from both Jill, who can hear, and Jenna, who is deaf.
The pair often discuss what it is like being in a deaf/ hearing relationship, the importance of Deaf culture and the complexities of ASL interpreting. Jill and Jenna are both supporters of the #NoMoreCraption movement, with their videos captioned and signed with ASL.
8. Rikki Poynter
Rikki is a 25 -year-old deaf vlogger who makes videos on beauty, lifestyle, deafness and Deaf culture. Many of her videos centre around providing hearing individuals with practical tools to be better allies to the Deaf community, spreading awareness of Deaf culture in the process.
Rikki started the movement #NoMoreCraptions to call YouTube inventors to include accurate closed captioning on their videos for deaf and hard of hearing spectators. She also often critiques the media, calling out problematic depictions of deaf characters in entertainment, while praising positive and helpful representation.
9. Amythest Schaber
Amythest Schaber constructs videos about “autism, disability and living life on the spectrum.” They use their channel as a kind of advocacy, attaining videos that further understanding and dispel stigma about lives with autism.
Their series, Ask An Autistic, breaks down common questions about autism from someone who lives on the spectrum. In videos on their channel, Amythest explains what neurodiversity is and whether or not autism can be considered a disability. The often complex answers are broken down simply, leading to engage and educational videos
10. Sitting Pretty Lolo
Lolo use her channel, Sitting Pretty Lolo, to talk about their own lives as a person with a physical disability. The YouTuber lives with ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is a progressive cancer impacting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Lolo, who employs a wheelchair to get around, covers everything from wheelchair-friendly style to dating and sexuality on her channel.
Lolo’s bubbly personality and infectious confidence attain her videos educational, yet incredibly fun. She employs her channel to challenge fallacies about disability especially the assumption that people with disabilities can’t have an enjoyable life.
11. The Mandeville Sisters
Amelia and Grace Mandeville are merely two normal sisters living in London, building engaging and hilarious videos on YouTube. Grace was born with one hand and often jokes about how she lost her hand, claiming she ate it off in a Halloween-themed video or that her sister Amelia flushed it down the lavatory during childhood.
Using humor, the pair cover-up everything from disability-related discrimination to the perks of living with one hand. The two also build videos that have little to do with disability awareness, like trying American candy.
Russia to ‘Sex And The City’ star: Ambassador would be happy to meet you, too
1 month, 13 days ago
(CNN)Actress Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t have to feel left out of the foreign policy social scene anymore — the Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak would be happy to meet with Parker, too.
The invitation came Friday, from the Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, in response to Parker’s Instagram post on Thursday. The “Sex And The City” star channeled her character Carrie Bradshaw to joke about the controversy surrounding the meetings between Kislyak and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the subsequent revelations that more Trump administration advisers have met with the Russian ambassador.
Parker’s Instagram post features a scene from the HBO series showing Bradshaw typing on a laptop with a caption, resembling the television script, that reads:
“I couldn’t help but wonder… has the Russian ambassador been meeting with everybody except me?”
“I had to. Don’t know the provenance however whoever you are, thank you.”
A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker) on Mar 2, 2017 at 1:44pm PST
Sessions has come under fire after news broke that he met Kislyak twice last year but did not mention either meeting during his confirmation hearings. Sessions announced Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigation related to President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since then, more Trump advisers have disclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador.
In the TV series, Bradshaw’s columns were more about the politics of relationships rather than public policy. She also dated Russian artist Aleksandr Petrovsky, played by Russian choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Zakharova’s response followed the style of Parker’s post. The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted a photo showing Zakharova typing on a computer as if she is writing a reply to Parker.
“If #SarahJessicaParker desperately wants to meet Russian Ambassador to US – anything is possible. Sergey Ivanovich will be happy.”
… And now, one can’t help but wonder, is Zakharova a “SATC” fan, too?
Stephen Furst, actor who played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ dies at 63
1 month, 15 days ago
(CNN)Stephen Furst, the actor who played the hapless, beanie-wearing frat boy Flounder in the 1978 movie “Animal House,” has died at age 63, his son, Nathan Furst, told CNN on Saturday.
“It was from complications from diabetes,” Nathan Furst said. “Over the last several years it was getting worse a little bit. Sort of the typical things that tend to happen when you have diabetes a long time.”
Furst appeared on TV in “St. Elsewhere” and “Babylon 5,” but he was best remembered for his role as the innocent freshman Kent Dorfman in “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” which ushered in a brand of raunchy comedy.
His character was rejected by other fraternities at the fictional Faber College but got into the hard-partying, rule-breaking frat nicknamed Animal House. Bluto — the house wild man played by John Belushi in his own breakout role — gave Dorfman the nickname Flounder. A series of mishaps and humiliations followed.
Flounder accidentally killed a horse — apparently by inducing fright — by firing a pistol loaded with blanks into the air during a midnight prank in Dean Vernon Wormer’s office.
He was also the recipient of one of the movie’s most famous lines, delivered by Wormer: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
“I’m one of the most insecure people in the world, always have been, and when you’re a fat kid, you try to make the fat jokes before other people make them,” he said.
“I went to high school in Virginia Beach, Va., and we had these guys, they were surfers. They didn’t like me, never talked to me. And if they didn’t like you, they threw toothpicks at you. After I did a play, it was different. I found out I was pretty good at something.”
He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and delivered pizzas in Hollywood, giving himself publicity by putting his picture and resume inside the pizza boxes, IMDb said. Producer Matty Simmons discovered him and put Furst into “Animal House.”
Furst had a more serious role playing Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the NBC series “St. Elsewhere” from 1983 to 1988. His character fought questions about his competency and obesity — a real-life struggle for Furst, who weighed more than 300 pounds at times.
He played an alien ambassadorial aide in “Babylon 5,” which ran on TNT from 1994 to 1998, and found roles on shows like “Have Faith” on ABC. He had a recurring role on “Melrose Place” in the 1990s.
Furst directed “Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure” in 1999 and “Magic Kid 2” in 1994.
After he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996, Furst dropped more than 85 pounds and appeared in an educational video produced by the American Diabetes Association.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lorraine Wright.
Antonio Brown’s latest custom cleats will salute Arnold Palmer
1 month, 26 days ago
Antonio Brown was fined for wearing baby blue cleats in Week 1.
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In the words of Antonio Brown, get penalty by the NFL is “nothing to a boss.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers broad receiver who was fined for twerking and wearing baby blue cleats in a game earlier this month are projected to honor the late Arnold Palmer on Sunday with a fresh pair of cleats.
But Brown may not have to reach for his checkbook for wearing these cleats.
“Every week, I’m going to try to keep some motive or set a picture of somebody that entails the most to me or inspire me to keep me encouraged, ” Brown told ESPN . “I’m definitely going to follow the rules in regards to sticking to the team color.”
The Arnold Palmer cleats are black and yellow Steelers’ colourings so they should enable him to dodging a penalty from the league infringing its uniform standards.
Brown sported blue cleats with his children’s faces inscribed on them for the first half of last week’s matchup against Philadelphia.
According to ESPN ‘s Jeremy Fowler , “an NFL official apprise Brown at halftime that he couldn’t continue playing unless he switched shoes. NFL rules permit uniform inspectors to apprise players of violations on the spot. A player can be held out of a game until the uniform foul is rectified.”
Brown hadn’t received a fine as of Friday, Fowler said.
The league fined Brandon Marshall for sporting lime-green cleats to support Mental Illness Awareness Week in 2013, and handed William Gay a $5,787 fine last year for his purple cleats , which the Steelers cornerback wore to promote domestic violence awareness.
However, the NFL announced earlier this month that it would allow players to write personal messages on their cleats during Week 13 with a couple rules, of course.
Blessed to meet the legend Arnold Palmer! His tenacity on the course+ in business is so inspirational !!
21 Dogs Who Have Absolutely No Idea How To…Well, Dog
2 months ago
Some pups are practically professionals at fetching, playing tug-of-war, cuddling, and just all-around being good dogs. Then there are those…special pooches who just missed the memo — or, perhaps the whole intro course on how to act according to the dog rule book.
That doesn’t mean we love them any less — in fact, we might just love them more for their quirky ways!
1. Take this guy who has zero clue how to drink water.
Everyone Freezes In Denny’s When Dick Van Dyke Busts Out’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’
2 months, 4 days ago
Dick Van Dyke is one of the all time Hollywood greats that brings back some heavy nostalgic moments for many. A very recognizable performer whose face will suddenly appear on an old TV program and a flood of memories from his past performances instantly surface.
One of those iconic performances is Bert the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins. And another is the role of Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
So what happens when this icon decides to go into a local Dennys and then proceeds to serenade the customers with a song? Such was the case in Santa Monica, California as Van Dyke had some breakfast at the Dennys and then proceeded to enthrall the customers with a performance they will never forget!
You may have fond memories of seeing this Hollywood legend in the classic Mary Poppins, playing the charming chimney sweep named Bert.
His funny faces and unique accent was certainly something no one would ever forget after watching his performance in Mary Poppins.
Another of his stand out performances was in the 1968 film called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
So one weekend Van Dyke pops into the Santa Monica Dennys, has some breakfast, and along with his a cappella group Vantastix, he suddenly busts out a very nostalgic, yet upbeat version of the theme song to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
What an amazing time for both the customers and Van Dyke who was clearly enjoying himself.
Check out this wonderful Dennys performance and share with all your friends and family!
The accidental chairperson who became a true human of the people
2 months, 14 days ago
An iconic photo: President Harry Truman holds up a transcript of the Chicago Daily Tribune declaring his defeat to Thomas Dewey in the presidential election. St. Louis, MIssouri: November, 1948.
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Editor’s note: This is the 33 rd entry in the writer’s project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents in the year prior to Election Day 2016. Follow Marcus’ progress at the Twitter account and the .
In my kickoff post for this project, I listed several reasons why I decided to do this project. But there’s one more I didn’t mention: the existence of legendary historian David McCullough’s expansive and wonderful Truman .
Truman was published in 1992 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1993. But I remember it more as one of the most enforcing books in my family’s modest Alabama home. Nearly 1,000 pages long, with the tall white letters spelling out “TRUMAN, ” it intrigued and intimidated me. I never touched it.
So when I got to Truman , the first thing I did was email my mothers to ask how they came to own it. It’s not that I’m surprised: though many of the books lining the shelves in their home( still the same one, all these year later) are fiction, there are plenty of history books, too.
But there aren’t any other presidential biographies, at least that I can recollect. That attained Truman something of an outlier.
My mother told me it was a gift for my father but that she, a World War II buff, wanted to dive into it too: “I was interested in reading about his firing of Douglas McArthur and his decision to fell both of the atom bombs.”
Then my papa exposed this, about the grandpa who died before I was born 😛 TAGEND
Your grandad Gilmer disliked Truman for 20 years, which always surprised me since he was such a staunch FDR Democrat. He said that it was because Truman had “fired” Douglas MacArthur, and the Army in WW2 practically worshiped MacArthur as a demigod…
But in the late 1960 ‘s, I get him to read a chapter in one of the Truman biographies I had read which dealt specifically with the issues and events that led to that. After he read that, my father changed his mind.
McCullough’s Truman is one of the best biographies I’ve read in the project, if not one of the best presidential biographies ever. It’s a detailed but warm and balanced analyse that doesn’t read like its length.
What builds Truman fascinating is his authentic , no-bullshit position. Most chairpeople seem to have some sort of veneer mean for the public face of the office. Not this guy. He seemed to be 100% Truman all the time, regardless of circumstance. It’s easy to insure why my father, born at the tail end of his government, was drawn to him.
The first few months for Truman= astounding and fascinating. Thrown into the Potsdam Conference and -Abomb decision pic.twitter.com/ ulz0 1ryP1B
On the one hand, that attained him a president “of the people” in a manner not watched since Andrew Jackson. On the other, it also made him prone to saying things in public that could have utilized a bit of polish.( Sound familiar ?)
He was also one of the few presidents who constructed no qualms about his belonging to a political machine the Democratic machine in Kansas City, something that would haunt him through his presidency.
Stubborn and unyielding, Truman wasn’t without his silliness, especially labor and economic policies in his first term. But he was also the man that managed the Berlin Airlift and oversaw the creation of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.
These were huge wins in foreign affairs, an area where few contemporaries thought Truman capable of maneuvering.
People seemed so surprised that HT* wasn’t* a terrible screw-up in weeks following FDR’s death, he unknowingly defined a high bar for himself
In McCullough’s presentation, I was struck by how down-to-earth Truman really is. In a year when two presidential candidates are combating to connect with the average American one battling issues of trust and aloofness, the other using ugly rhetoric to tap a vein of rage Truman’s don’t-give-a-damn posture was unbelievably authentic. There’s no underlying strategy at play.
What you assured with Truman was what you got.
Enjoying Truman swearing. Big fan of the colorful speech chairwomen used.
It’s what enabled Truman, along with an extensive whistlestop develop tour of the country, to pull out the greatest upset in presidential elections, edging out Republican Thomas Dewey. Few in the press believed it possible result, of course, to the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline considered above.
Truman never regained his popularity, though. That was partly because of ongoing labor disagreements( more steel and coal strikes ), but largely because of the Korean War and Truman’s handling of it.
In parallel, the Cold War emerged which, in turn, spurred McCarthyism and the trial of Alger Hiss, which featured a future chairman, Richard Nixon, in a lead role.
Truman’s administration, like any other, also wasn’t without its scandals. There was bribery in the IRS, and there was Truman’s highly unpresidential response to a music critic who savaged a performance by his daughter, Margaret, a singer.
Stepping into FDR’s shoes, to continue his run not only at home but abroad, was an impossible undertaking. Truman’s occasionally abrasive nature didn’t win many fans though his verbal gaffe remind me more of, say, Joe Biden than anyone more nefarious.
Days to read Washington: 16 Days to read Adams: 11 Days to read Jefferson: 10 Days to read Madison: 13 Days to read Monroe: 6 Days to read J. Q. Adams: 10 Days to read Jackson: 11 Days to read Van Buren: 9 Days to read Harrison: 6 Days to read Tyler: 3 Days to read Polk: 8 Days to read Taylor: 8 Days to read Fillmore: 14 Days to read Pierce: 1 Days to read Buchanan: 1 Days to read Lincoln: 12 Days to read Johnson: 8 Days to read Grant: 27 Days to read Hayes: 1 Days to read Garfield: 3 Days to read Arthur: 17 Days to hear Cleveland: 3 Days to read Harrison: 4 Days to read McKinley: 5 * Days to read T. Roosevelt: 15 * Days to read Taft: 13 * Days to read Wilson: 10 * Days to read Harding: 3 * Days to read Coolidge: 7 * Days to read Hoover: 9 * Days to read FDR: 11 * Days to read Truman: 14 Days behind schedule: 18
Woman Serenades An Elephant To Sleep With A Sweet Lullaby
2 months, 19 days ago
If you think lullabies are only effective for getting little ones to drift off to dreamland, believe again! Turns out they run wonders on gentle giants, too.
In this heartwarming video, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand, embracings and sings to an elephant that has taken a specific penchant to her. Though Faa Mai is massive compared to the petite female, she loves nothing more than nap hour snuggles and the soothing voice of Lek. It’s a bond so magical you have to see it to believe it.
The peaceful look on that gentle elephant’s face might just be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Every elephant deserve to be just as happy and loved.
Watching This Dog’s Patience While A Lizard Crawls On His Face Is Hilarious
2 months, 25 days ago
Adorable seven-year-old bulldog Yun Ja has inspired me to be a calmer, more patient person.
How did a silly bulldog attain me want to change my styles? Well, it’s pretty simple, you consider. When a green lizard hopped onto the short pup’s back unexpectedly, he didn’t freak out, running around trying to buck the reptile off his back( like many of us likely would have ).
A CEO Fell Asleep At Work, So His Employees Got Sweet, Sweet Revenge
3 months, 10 days ago
If you’re the CEO of a photo-editing company, you should know better than to fall asleep on the job, because your employees could easily use that technology against you.
When Zeev Farbman, CEO of Enlight, was caught snoring on the couch, his employees took hilarious advantage of the situation. After all, they spend their days perfecting editing software that people can use at the touch of a button. It was only a matter of time until it came back to bite him.