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ditchdwellers

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Re-framing disability
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:18:20 PM »


Introduction to the exhibition 'Re-framing disability'

This exhibition explores a group of rare portraits from the 17th to the 19th centuries, held by the Royal College of Physicians. The portraits depict disabled men and women of all ages and walks of life, many of whom earned a living exhibiting themselves to the public.

It is a travelling exhibition and will be at various venues in West Sussex from the 1st July.

http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/museum-and-garden/whats/re-framing-disability-portraits-royal-college-physicians


Sunshine Meadows

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Re: Re-framing disability
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 02:03:43 PM »
Looks really interesting.

There is a print version available http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/publications/re-framing-disability.

and I am going to watch the film on You Tube now its only 15 minutes.



edit to fix You Tube embedding > Sunshine

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Re: Re-framing disability
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 02:22:51 PM »
Loved it.

The right amount of information and thoughts without being overly long or wordy.

The idea that disabled people were seen as objects and could make money out of that because they looked very disabled while others were too symmetrical or not disabled enough is not something I have thought about before.

 

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Re: Re-framing disability
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 02:59:01 PM »
Interestingly I caught a snatch of a program on the BBC World Service a few days ago which was discussing the exploitation of disabled children in India.

Apparently some are being kidnapped because the culture in some parts is that giving to a disabled beggar brings luck. Consequently the more disabled someone looks the more money they make and of course some pimp will profit.

If that was not bad enough they will even kidnap non-disabled children and deliberately mutilate them.