ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2014) - Wheelchairs and rugby might not be an obvious connection to many sports fans, but for members of the Buckeye Blitz quad rugby team it is a part of daily life. The semi-professional quad rugby team, made up of athletes with physical disabilities, plays the intensely physical game entirely from wheelchairs, demonstrating that the sport originally referred to as “murderball” is not for the timid.
By Rebecca Darling
You know that feeling you get when you have not seen someone in a long time? Yeah, that overpowering tingling sensation that moves rapidly from one foot to your fingernails. That is how I describe my anticipation of the 2014 National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) Conference. From July 10-13, 2014, I reunited with my favorite pale and blonde family in sunny San Diego, California.
By Jane Imbody
People with developmental disabilities face many barriers every day – from physical barriers in buildings to systemic barriers in employment.
But it’s the attitudinal barriers that might be the most difficult to overcome. Our attitudes can keep us from understanding and appreciating someone’s full potential and what he or she offers. Too often we focus on what a person can’t do.
Rebecca Darling, an Ohio University student, gives her perspective on living with albinism, a rare condition that takes away skin and hair pigment.
Her albinism has also contributed to her her visual disability and sensitivity to light.
This video was produced by Atish Baidya and Julia Rabe and is part of WOUB's 'Perspectives' series. View the whole series on our YouTube page.