Nelson Mandela Day

Today is Nelson Mandela Day! I love and admire Nelson Mandela – he is my modern-day Hero.

I discovered July 18th as a global special day through Sir Richard Branson’s Blog. He discusses today’s global initiative to pledge 67 minutes today in action for the greater good in Nelson Mandela’s honor.
The Blog lists 67 ways you can make a difference in the world today-here is the link to Sir Richard Branson’s Blog:

http://www.virgin.com/people-and-planet/blog/mandela-day–67-ways-to-change-the-world

Embedded in the Blog for Nelson Mandela Day are two videos worth watching.
One shows diverse world leaders honoring Nelson Mandela from their own hearts and the second Sir Richard Branson tells us his pledge for Nelson Mandela Day. The links are below:

Every day is Nelson Mandela Day in my perfect world.

Nelson Mandela is my inspiration. My life altering epiphany blossomed from delving into his life story. Without Nelson Mandela as a world figure, I may never have encountered bodies of work in his name. Without Nelson Mandela, we may never have had the blessings he has so genuinely and divinely imparted to humankind.

My Blog, Living Life to the Best of Your Disability, exists because Nelson Mandela exists. I pay homage to him when I returned to the writing life. Read my post, “Equality” by clicking this link; http://livinglifetothebestofyourdisability.com/2013/01/

I pledge to continue advocating for Civil Rights for People with Disabilities.
I pledge to continue to use my voice and creativity to inspire, empower and educate the disabled and those who love and care for them – honoring Nelson Mandela in heart, mind and action each step of the way.

What will you pledge?

Handicapped Heat Up Headlines

Dead air time, white noise and white space be damned!

The disabled sizzled the week with three newsworthy handicapped headlines aka: unprecedented exposure.

1. Via Facebook, a shared news story headline:

Oh, yes they did…… read all about the dirty mess on a Georgian museum’s reputation by clicking the provided link below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358899/Disabled-girl-denied-access-museum-wheelchair-carpets-dirty.html

2. The Colbert Report, with host Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central station on basic cable, interviewed author, Andrew Solomon for the release of his new book, Far From the Tree

The book highlights parents’ journeys of exceptional children ranging from severe disabilities to prodigies.

While Mr. Solomon used the word ‘exceptional’ to describe the children, Mr. Colbert used the word ‘special.’

**I recommended on The Colbert Report Official Website to use three words; members of humanity.

You can watch the episode by using the link below;
http://www.colbertnation.com/video/disabled

You can read about Andrew Solomon’s, Far From the Tree, by using this link;
http://www.farfromthetree.com/

3. HBO Documentary, Miss You Can Do It, premiered on June, 24th. I recorded the premiere channel listing. July 13th, my sister and I boosted by the progressive determination of the Miss You Can Do It annual beauty pageant for girls and young women with disabilities.

The pageant founder, Abbey Curren, became the first woman with a disability to win Miss Iowa 2008 in the Miss America Beauty Pageant™.

She organizes this event, unsponsored. Abbey Curren endorses positivity over disability for both the girls and their parents.

The Director, Ron Davis, captures the contestants’ inner-beauty, inner-conflict. His film reaches into parents’ joys and sorrows, all hoping for a constructive societal shifts in perspective toward people living with disabilities.

These three ‘Handicapped Headliners’ unveiled my dream, my vision, my mission establishing the disabled onto the world stage as authentically equal members of humankind:

“All Inclusive, All the Time, No Disability Left Behind”

The media left the disabled behind unless a sensational story developed. Sensational stories fade.

Memorable moments shine far and wide.

Prior to the hot headlines my dream scope spanned in milliseconds.

Prior to last week, my DVR saves three personally significant shining millisecond moments.

1. Master Chef Finale; 2012 – Winner Christine Ha crowned first blind Master Chef.

2. Master Chef Episode 9 – Pressure Test 3; Co-competitor Josh Marks cups and guides the hands of blind home cook, Christine Ha during a visual presentation on ‘how to make homemade tortellini.’

**I wrote Fox thanking executive staff for not cutting the episodic millisecond.

3. 2012 London Summer Olympic Opening Ceremony; Promoted a deaf percussionist, a deaf and hard of hearing children’s choir making certain to include the wheelchair-bound singers in the shot and focusing on a wheelchair-bound dancer performing on stage beside fellow dancers. I wept into my sister’s arms after watching that millisecond.

**I wrote to Danny Boyle thanking him for his all-encompassing visionary production.

My gloriously short, sweet dream realized, now expands!

I recharge, ravenous for enriched shining moments.

Do you have any dreams realized? Any awaiting realization?

Feel free to share!

Warmly,
Victoria Kaloss
Living Life to the Best of Your Disability
‘All Inclusive, All the Time
No Disability Left Behind’

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