Digital Activism School is series of posts that covers young passionate changemakers in various categories. Not long ago was founded The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It contains of group of experts, who which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. More than 150 countries have already signed this document. This should help more effectively exercise their rights either in life, or in art. Even Maurois many years ago said: “Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world”. Meet eight of young creators, who find in special occasions their own way to generate beaty.

Aakash Odedra

At young age Aakash Odedra was diagnosed with dyslexia. Uncomfortable with written language, he started express himself with language of body. His style was the mix of classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam. In 2011 he started Company Aakash Odedra, which mission is “tells stories through movement”. Few years later Odedra presented performance “Murmur”. This project was prepared with Australian choreographer Lewis Major.

The Wall Street Journal wrote: “He had that sense ecstasy, which reached upward spiritually but also goes horizontally to the audience. The dancer from the UK tell about the dyslexia without world only with dance.” Aakash always searching new ways to speak to people, to his audience.

 

JC Sheitan Tenet

Many years ago JC Sheitan Tenet from Lyon, France lost his right hand. But the dream to draw push him to learn how to do it with left hand. The goal design and make tattoos, unfortunately, there were no models, which would like to make tattoo by person with disabilities. Then biomechanic artist Jean-Louis Gonzal made a special gift for Tenet — prosthetic shell with a tattoo machine mounted on it. The device can pivot 360 degrees. With this device cyborg artist can create unreal and abstract tattoos like nobody else. Now Tenet is owner of Bad Grass tattoo gallery.

 

Aditi Juneja

Aditi Juneja is an Indian American young woman with charming smile and brown hair. She is a member of “Disabled Writers” (web-site where creative people with special health issues can find work and contacts). Junaja have epilepsia. She graduated of NYU Law and and became co-creator of Resistance Manual, where is information about police, educational justice, women’s rights and etc. The motto of project: “Get educated. Get organized. Take action”. The idea to create some kind of encyclopedia exist after Trump’s elections. The team of volunteers with Juneja check all articles and add new. “My advice is not to think that anything is not for you. Everything is for you because everything relates to you; we all live in intersection of different identities, so it has an impact on everything else” — believe Aditi Juneja. Also Juneja records podcasts “Self Care Sundays”, in which she interviewed activists, lawyers, advocated about different sides of self care.  

 

Christian Guardino

Christian Guardino now can read notes on the sheet music, but four years ago he was blind. An innovative gene therapy treatment replaced the damaged gene and at the age of 16 he went to the stage. Guardino sang the song “Who’s Loving You” and moved to the next round of popular TV-show “America’s Got Talents”. Also he appeared on the stage at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. “I was really nervous before I got on stage. I was just thinking, I can’t mess up. I can’t mess up. I can’t mess up. But when I saw everything that was going on with the judges, all my nerves turned into strong energy and excitement. I started going off on the song and getting comfortable”, — told Guardino to Entertainment Weekly.

 

Micah Fowler

 

Micah Fowler receive on his 18-th birthday unusual present — he found out he booked the role as “JJ DiMeo” on Speechless (American sitcom). His character — disabled teenager with cerebral palsy as Fowler in real life. But there is one distinction — Fowler’s JJ is non-verbal, when in real life, Micah communicates through verbal efforts. His career as an actor started, when he was only 5 years in Sesame Street. “Actors with disabilities face typecasting and a lack of auditioning opportunities, but I don’t let [it] define me. I see those things as challenges and not barriers,” — said Micah Fowler in one of his interview.

 

Vilissa Thompson

Vilissa Thompson is founder and CEO of “Ramp Your Voice” and Licensed Master Social Worker.  Vilissa Thompson is founder and CEO of Ramp Your Voice!. This organisation support  self-advocacy and empowerment among people with disabilities. Also she created #DisabilityTooWhite, which call people to pay attention on people with health issues of color. In May, 2017 hashtag celebrates one year anniversary. During this time people tell their stories and thanksgiving to Vilissa.

”Giving space for disabled people of color, and Black disabled women specifically, to tell their stories their way and shatter the invisibility shield that has existed for so long,” — this drives Thompson every day.

 

Baso Fibonacci

Baso Fibonacci is a pen name, which combine Buddhist philosophy and mathematician of the Middle Ages. This mix is also possible to find in paintings of wheelchair user and artist Baso Fibonacci. He painted flora and fauna, and try to change the world as his favorite artist — Van Gogh. Fibonacci said about the artist of past said: “He completely changed the art world in his own way. He’s one who never did the same thing”. Fibonacci have the same opinion. Some of his works are not on the canvas, the artist draw public murals and on the walls in the galleries and restaurants around his hometown Seattle.

 

Audrey Nethery

A video of Audrey’s dance in Zumba class inspired and impressed the audience. More than 38 million people watched on Facebook and almost 4 million on the YouTube how adorable this 6-year-old girl was movingNethery suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia. It mean that her body cannot generate necessary amount of red blood cells. Despite on this she enter third grade, ride bicycle, danced with Selena Gomez, sing, enjoy life and capture the attention to DNA. The video Audrey’s dance raised interest for this disease and more people donate for the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.

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