Two interesting disability stories have emerged from the US and Hurricane Sandy.
As New York’s Mayor Bloomberg spoke publically about the superstorm, many onlookers were distracted by his sign language interpreter. Lydia Callis, 30, became an internet sensation overnight when, as the Daily Mail put it, her “larger-than-life facial expressions and dramatic gestures provided a rare moment of pleasure” during a difficult time for the city.
The internet is also where disabled married couple Nick and Alejandra’s plight was highlighted. Alejandra uses a wheelchair and Nick relies on a ventilator to breathe. They were left without power due to Hurricane Sandy and were unable to leave their 12th floor Manhattan apartment to get what they needed.
Fortunately, concerned users of Twitter and Facebook rallied around and managed to deliver distilled water, car batteries and other essential supplies.
Read more at BBC Ouch