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    So, a para whose feet are never going to touch the lane floors rents bowling shoes? Why? I'm sure most of America is bright enough to wonder the same thing, and how absurd it was. Years ago I belonged to a para/quad bowling league and one of the few perks was NOT having to rent smelly shoes and wonder if they had been properly sprayed down between uses. Not a big deal, and certainly not as silly as many of the mixed messages in this show, but another "what?" moment for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    So, a para whose feet are never going to touch the lane floors rents bowling shoes? Why? I'm sure most of America is bright enough to wonder the same thing, and how absurd it was. Years ago I belonged to a para/quad bowling league and one of the few perks was NOT having to rent smelly shoes and wonder if they had been properly sprayed down between uses. Not a big deal, and certainly not as silly as many of the mixed messages in this show, but another "what?" moment for sure.
    it's like the idiots that wear bowling shoes while playing wii bowling. wtf is up with that crap? but i agree, perk is not wearing someone else's gross shoes bleh!
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  3. #173
    Why I Like Push Girls
    James Weisman

    http://www.spinalcord.org/why-i-like-push-girls

    I’m 61. I’ve been a disability rights lawyer since I graduated law school 35 years ago. I have watched only minimal amounts of reality television. Why do I watch and like “Push Girls”?

    First, I must confess that if I have good seats to any Broadway show I love it. I’ve met the Push Girls at a White House event – four beautiful women at the White House – what’s not to like. But I have watched three episodes of the show and believe “Push Girls” will make a valuable contribution to the disability rights movement.

    We, in the movement, are missing a face that everyone can identify with. I’ve always felt that if Johnny Carson or Walter Cronkite were wheelchair users, or for that matter, if President Roosevelt didn’t hide his wheelchair use, the rights of people with disabilities wouldn’t have been so hard to get others to acknowledge. People with disabilities always seem to be somebody else’s friend, relative, lover or spouse when the media, the public or elected officials are considering rights issues.

    As I write this, 22 years after the passage of the ADA, the hotel industry is organizing to force the Obama administration to withdraw a requirement that hotel pools be accessible to wheelchair users. Push Girl Mia, a swimmer, puts a face on the pool issue. Undoubtedly, returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets who use wheelchairs will do the same when they realize that our country respects and appreciates their service until they get to the hotel pool.
    The Push Girls, by letting us into their lives, demonstrate that people with substantial disabilities, in this case spinal cord injuries, laugh, flirt, shop and cope with their disabilities well despite healthcare, access, family and relationship issues.

    The episode I watched last night introduced us to a new Push Girl, Chelsie, 22 years-old, who was taken by the older Push Girls on a shopping trip to buy her first pair of heels as a chair user. They felt they were doing something for Chelsie that was not done for them – they had to find their own way. On the same half hour episode, Angela, a quadriplegic, discusses why she separated from her husband of 10 years, most of that time spent in a chair. It was poignant and gave the audience insight into how quadriplegia affects financial and emotional well-being.

    Having been around people in wheelchairs for most of my life, it does not surprise me to see the women party and dance, but I have a feeling it will enlighten the uninitiated.

    For the Push Girls, life’s both a bitch and a ball. Every well-adjusted person knows this about their own life but might not have realized the same is true for wheelchair users.

    James Weisman
    SVP & General Counsel
    United Spinal Association

  4. #174
    Can someone help me understand why hotel pool access is high up on the disability advocacy list? I just don't get it. Is this the current battle line for disability advocacy?

    I stay in hotels several days a month all over the place and have never once thought man I can't believe I can't get in the hotel's pool. And I love to swim.

    If I can get to and in the bed and into the bathroom then I'm usually a happy (hotel) camper unless I pay more than $100/night.

  5. #175
    Love this review! I like this James Weisman's style and writing! He is a positive force for good who also has a positive and giving outlook. Well done!


    (still only been able to see 1st episode...urg!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Why I Like Push Girls
    James Weisman

    http://www.spinalcord.org/why-i-like-push-girls

    I’m 61. I’ve been a disability rights lawyer since I graduated law school 35 years ago. I have watched only minimal amounts of reality television. Why do I watch and like “Push Girls”?

    First, I must confess that if I have good seats to any Broadway show I love it. I’ve met the Push Girls at a White House event – four beautiful women at the White House – what’s not to like. But I have watched three episodes of the show and believe “Push Girls” will make a valuable contribution to the disability rights movement.

    We, in the movement, are missing a face that everyone can identify with. I’ve always felt that if Johnny Carson or Walter Cronkite were wheelchair users, or for that matter, if President Roosevelt didn’t hide his wheelchair use, the rights of people with disabilities wouldn’t have been so hard to get others to acknowledge. People with disabilities always seem to be somebody else’s friend, relative, lover or spouse when the media, the public or elected officials are considering rights issues.

    As I write this, 22 years after the passage of the ADA, the hotel industry is organizing to force the Obama administration to withdraw a requirement that hotel pools be accessible to wheelchair users. Push Girl Mia, a swimmer, puts a face on the pool issue. Undoubtedly, returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets who use wheelchairs will do the same when they realize that our country respects and appreciates their service until they get to the hotel pool.
    The Push Girls, by letting us into their lives, demonstrate that people with substantial disabilities, in this case spinal cord injuries, laugh, flirt, shop and cope with their disabilities well despite healthcare, access, family and relationship issues.

    The episode I watched last night introduced us to a new Push Girl, Chelsie, 22 years-old, who was taken by the older Push Girls on a shopping trip to buy her first pair of heels as a chair user. They felt they were doing something for Chelsie that was not done for them – they had to find their own way. On the same half hour episode, Angela, a quadriplegic, discusses why she separated from her husband of 10 years, most of that time spent in a chair. It was poignant and gave the audience insight into how quadriplegia affects financial and emotional well-being.

    Having been around people in wheelchairs for most of my life, it does not surprise me to see the women party and dance, but I have a feeling it will enlighten the uninitiated.

    For the Push Girls, life’s both a bitch and a ball. Every well-adjusted person knows this about their own life but might not have realized the same is true for wheelchair users.

    James Weisman
    SVP & General Counsel
    United Spinal Association
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  6. #176
    Quote Originally Posted by Patton57 View Post
    Can someone help me understand why hotel pool access is high up on the disability advocacy list? I just don't get it. Is this the current battle line for disability advocacy?

    I stay in hotels several days a month all over the place and have never once thought man I can't believe I can't get in the hotel's pool. And I love to swim.

    If I can get to and in the bed and into the bathroom then I'm usually a happy (hotel) camper unless I pay more than $100/night.
    I am with you on this one. I see the access to the pool as important, but I just want a room with 2 beds so I don't have to sleep with both my kids and possibly my boyfriend. It got a little crowded at times.
    New hotels are going up constantly with the same crap. 2 beds in standard room and one in the accessible room. Even more infuriating when you get a one bed room and you still can't use the shower. I choose sleeping and bathing first over swimming.

    I want in the pool with my kids too, just as much as I want to be able to get into the park and push them on the swings. We have a LONG way to go.
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  7. #177
    Quote Originally Posted by crypticgimp View Post
    umm no it doesn't... unless the government got to it in the past week!

    ep 3: http://www.vidbux.com/vm9rofq41eik
    sorry to hash this back up but are we able to watch episode 2 anywhere?
    thanks all

  8. #178
    what a superficial, vapid review. first, they're good looking and he's met them (wow, i almost stopped there). hotel pool access?? how about a bed that isn't 8 inches higher than my chair? how about shower access? and shopping for heels? yeah, that was top of my to do list post injury.

    geesh.

  9. #179
    absolutely fabulous piece

    Quote Originally Posted by stephen212 View Post
    June 3, 2012
    By NEIL GENZLINGER

    “Push Girls,” a reality show about five attractive women in wheelchairs, is likely to engender a number of reactions in viewers, not all of them helpful to the cause of illuminating the lives of people with disabilities. From the premiere, showing Monday night on the Sundance Channel, it’s not entirely clear which of those reactions the series’s creators are going for. But the intent seems to be good, and if they can find the elusive line between voyeuristic and didactic, the show could become something of a milestone for a lot of people who have felt invisible for a long time.

    In the first episode we meet four Los Angeles friends — Angela Rockwood, Auti Angel and Tiphany Adams, who were paralyzed in car accidents, and Mia Schaikewitz, whose paralysis resulted from a medical condition. (Chelsie Hill, who was also injured in a car accident, will be added to the group later.) The “push” in the show’s title doesn’t refer to assistance these women need to get around. It’s push as in boundary pushing.
    The show quickly makes clear just how independent these women are, with shots of Ms. Adams driving, Ms. Angel grabbing something off a high shelf at a grocery store and so on. And it just as quickly answers the two questions that many able-bodied people unfamiliar with this universe immediately have (and, yes, sometimes still bluntly ask): How did you end up in that chair, and can you still have sex?

    The accidents and Ms. Schaikewitz’s condition (a ruptured blood vessel in her spinal cord that, she recounts, “paralyzed me from the waist down over the course of a half-day”) are summarized, but the four women we initially meet seem long past the brooding stage. As for sex, various boyfriends and, in Ms. Adams’s case, a girlfriend, are introduced, and Ms. Angel, who is married, is contemplating trying to have a child.
    “Being 42 and in a wheelchair, most people don’t think that I can have a baby,” she says. “But I physically can. I just don’t know if I’m ready to give up my career and my independence.” (She was a dancer before her accident and still is.)

    The premiere episode tends to lapse into a “You go, girl” mode typical of shallow treatments of disability, with fist-pumping and treacly background music. It’s a tone that subtly demeans, suggesting that simple things like having head shots taken (Ms. Rockwood is trying to restart a modeling career) must be applauded because, golly, for someone in a wheelchair to do anything other than sit there is a triumph.

    A little of that may be necessary to hook an audience that has come to expect this treatment whenever a person with a disability turns up on television, but the faster this show sheds that tone and its preoccupation with sex, the more useful it will be. There are numerous other things we’d like to know about these interesting women besides the particulars of their love lives: their finances, their experiences on the job, their journey to get to the confidence level they seem to have achieved, their hopes for new technologies and medical breakthroughs.

    Another challenge for “Push Girls” is dispelling the impression that these women are representative. Certain viewers might well look at them and conclude, “Gorgeous, smart, independent; I guess the disabled-Americans problem has been solved, so I can go back to not thinking about it.”

    The reality, of course, is that vast numbers of people in wheelchairs aren’t young and independent, are in poor physical health, don’t have money and can’t even get interviewed for jobs. The show needs to make sure to convey that it is about five unique and engaging individuals who can shed light on some aspects of the disabilities universe but aren’t that whole universe.
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  10. #180
    love the show. good stuff. althou angela isnt a good representation for a quad. she seems needy and lazy. but the rest rock.
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