We spend a lot of time bemoaning the frequent lack of disability access/respect/consciousness, so I thought I'd note that I found the way the Olympic opening ceremonies last night featured disabled people to be refreshing and positive. From deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie, to a deaf-hearing children's choir performing the British National Anthem, to people in wheelchairs spinning among the able-bodied dancers, there was lots to like. This show has a *billion* viewers around the world -- great to see!
Could this participation reflect the disability activism in the UK? I have to think so; our work makes a real-world difference.
And it wasn't limited to the opening ceremony. A legally blind South Korean archer set the first Olympics world record!
Department of English and ASL Program
Director, American Sign Language Program
University of Virginia