22 April 2013

SUE AUSTIN AND HER UNDERWATER WHEELCHAIR JOURNEY

Sue Austin goes scuba diving in a wheelchair and talks about how an arts project can remake identity.
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Sue Austin says: "When I asked people their associations with the wheelchair, they used words like limitation, fear, pity, and restriction. I realized I'd internalized these responses and it had changed who I was on a core level." 



Sue's journey to reclaim her identity spoke to me on so many levels. Particularly after spending seven-plus months on crutches and at times in a wheelchair recently. In the feedback from strangers——usually unspoken——I could feel my core identity beginning to erode. So brava to Sue for finding a way for others to see her for the brave and adventurous woman she is. Oh, and happy Earth Day.
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