“The commonly held misconception … is that he is not mine, or that I did not have him as a woman in a wheelchair. I receive so much joy seeing how caring, helpful and patient he is and experiencing and appreciating life with him.” Teri, Quadriplegic
(PRWEB) April 30, 2014
PhotoAbility.net: A Disability Inclusive Stock Image Gallery is offering a special Mother’s Day Photo Collection that depicts real life mothers who happen to have a disability. The hope is to encourage stock image buyers to include these types of inclusive imagery in their design, marketing and editorial projects.
Women from all around the globe are depicted with varying disabilities ranging from high level quadriplegia to walking with the assistance of braces and forearm crutches.
These images are sure to challenge the public’s perceptions that women with disabilities may not be capable or able to have or take care of children. The images in the Photo Collection, and the women behind them, clearly tell a different story.
Priscilla Hedlin, one of the featured moms in the photo collection, talks about the joy of being a mom and the misconceptions many have of her ability and her true reality. “I think one of the joys is when your little one wants to ‘help’ you. There's nothing cuter than your 2-year old pushing you or wanting to help you down a step. People ask how I could possibly keep up. Well, my wheels move just as fast if not faster than your feet!” she exclaims.
All the moms featured feel it would be appreciated if advertisers acknowledged them enough to reflect their lives in their campaigns as well … and why not? “I take my kids to the grocery store, to eat at restaurants and play at the park just like other moms ... ads need variety,” says Priscilla, whose blog Wheelchairmommy.com was founded both to relate to all moms and to share ideas and support with other moms on wheels. She has three children, ages 3, 6, and 9, and she homeschools them all, “though we are rarely home!” she says.
Another beautiful young mom featured in the series, Lori, who is a paraplegic, tells us what the gift of motherhood means to her: “There are few greater blessings in this life than the gifts of children and motherhood. Even to regain the ability to walk would not bring fulfillment in my life the way raising children does. Being a disabled mother of three boys with another one on the way can be challenging, but I am blessed to have children who take pleasure in helping make the tasks of my daily life a little easier.”
This sentiment is echoed by Teri, a C6-7 quadriplegic and recently divorced mom of a 4-year-old boy, who said, “The commonly held misconception … is that he is not mine, or that I did not have him as a woman in a wheelchair. I receive so much joy seeing how caring, helpful and patient he is and simply experiencing and appreciating life with him.”
PhotoAbility.net feels that powerful messages imparted through imagery will bring about important social change and increased access and rights. Its Stock Image Library represents over one billion persons with disabilities worldwide, whose spending power has a substantial impact on travel and lifestyle economies all over the world. Yet, this demographic is rarely seen or acknowledged in advertising and editorial images.
This series highlights the many examples of moms with all levels of physical disabilities who can and do provide safe and loving homes for their children. This photo series may begin to create awareness of just how these mothers creatively and intelligently accommodate their disabilities, to create environments where their children thrive.
“The big picture goal of Inclusive imagery is about access,” says Deborah Davis, Co-Founder of PhotoAbility. Deborah sustained a spinal cord injury at 18 resulting in incomplete quadriplegia and is herself a mother of two girls. “While many of us have had wonderful experiences as mothers, and live in communities that have chosen to remove structural barriers and accommodate our needs, that is simply not something we can take for granted. These rights have not been afforded to so many in our world who are waiting for equal access and freedom".
PhotoAbility was established in March 2012 by Deborah Davis and Bill Forrester, with the goal of providing high quality, unique, non-medically oriented imagery of persons with disabilities for purchase by the advertising, marketing and media sectors. The Commercial Stock Image Library specializes in positive and "Inclusive” images of people with a disability in leisure, lifestyle and travel settings.
The 2000-plus inclusive images depicted in the PhotoAbility gallery are designed to impact attitudinal bias, change perception, and provide motivation to eliminate and reduce social, structural and professional barriers. A wave of change reflected in popular media and advertising can make an impact on laws and attitudes around the globe, and on how many people with differing abilities view themselves.
For more information and to view PhotoAbility.net's positive, inclusive Stock Images, please visit http://www.PhotoAbility.net