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A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

This was hands down my favorite thing I wrote on The Mary Sue this year for many reasons, not the least of which is it was a finalist in the 2012 Online Journalism Awards. (Insert pat on back here.) As someone with Muscular Dystrophy, I’ve been doing my part to educate people about those with disabilities for almost my entire life. Sometimes it’s something as simple as explaining that not all disabilities are visible, not all are the same, wheelchairs can’t make it up those steps, etc., while sometimes it’s pointing out an easy-to-fix flaw in my favorite medium. For a while I noticed wheelchairs were being illustrated in all sorts of ways in comic books, and usually not the correct way. I knew it wasn’t a matter of malice, but one of ignorance, and thought it would be a good idea to have a permanent reference for artists to refer to down the road. And if nothing else, to at least make everyone aware that different people use different wheelchairs and depicting them accurately is just as important as drawing realistic body proportions on characters. Oh wait. — Jill

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