A few weeks ago I enjoyed the opportunity to step out from behind the scenes with Handicap This Productions and take center stage, well at least metaphorically. This opportunity I speak about occurred during the 2015 Chicago Abilities Expo, Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. During that weekend I provided Tim and fellow behind the scene Handicap This team members Sarah Wambach and Denis Berkson assistance at the Handicap This booth.
Naturally Tim served as our lead, giving the 101 on Handicap This Productions. However when an Expo attendee kept Tim occupied, I went from on-deck hitter to the batter. Seeing the stage show, reading Tim’s book How We Roll, watching all the webisodes, and listening to all the podcasts supplied me the foundation I needed to give the 101. If not on the actual team, you could label me a Handicap This superfan.
Superfan or not the work proved somewhat repetitive. You give the same spiel over and over. Sounds tedious, right? Not for me! There exists a reason I consume all the content Mike and Tim publish. They spread valuable messages and do so in truly entertaining ways. I’m honored to tell others how Mike and Tim educate, empower, and entertain to break down barriers and make our world a better place.
While sharing the 101 on Handicap This Productions delighted me, my best Chicago Abilities Expo experiences involved interaction. Give and take enables interaction to thrive. Basically taking time to shut up and listen. I listened to families share their stories. What a treat!
Amidst all the insights shared throughout the three days certain themes continuously emerged. One such theme I can sum up using the title from our recent guest blogger Julie D. Riley, “The Desire for Acceptance.”
People with disabilities want acceptance. They want others to recognize them for their interests and personalities rather than their number of limbs or the mobility devices they use. Many products at the Chicago Abilities Expo demonstrated said theme.
For instance take our neighbors from the Expo, Contego Caps. A newly launched product Contego Caps offer an alternative to kids who must wear protective headgear but remain subconscious about sporting helmets. Contego Caps supplies kids a fashion the general public will find more acceptable.
Fittingly we at the Handicap This booth also put forth effort to promote a product designed to increase acceptance. Yes, I’m talking Making Minds Handicap Accessible: The Classroom Experience. Making Minds Handicap Accessible: The Classroom Experience allows junior high and high school teachers to stream Mike and Tim’s enlightening two-man stage show straight to the classroom!
Via the ideals Mike and Tim’s stage show communicates, students in classrooms across the country will become more open-minded. Open-mindedness leads to acceptance. Bottom line Making Minds Handicap Accessible: The Classroom Experience aims to create a movement towards acceptance. A movement you can participate in! Tell your local junior high and high schools you want them to incorporate Making Minds Handicap Accessible: The Classroom Experience into their lesson plans. Click here to learn more about Making Minds Handicap Accessible: The Classroom Experience or contact Tim with your questions. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 322-1297.
Finally let me publicly say to Tim thank you for letting me join you at the Handicap This booth a few weeks ago.
Until next time!