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  1. Alexander Siddig Talks About the Very Specific Challenges His Character Faces on Game of Thrones

    Alexander Siddig has recently joined Game of Thrones as Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne - and while no one can ever replace Pedro Pascal in our hearts, Siddig is doing a great job so far as his brother (though Ellaria Sand might disagree with us there). Spoiler-y things for Doran's character follow.

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  2. Teen Uses 3D Printer to Redesign His Wheelchair for Class Project

    Wow, high school got cool.

    Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Sayed, a student at Cambridge's experimental high school NuVu, initially wanted to "make a wheelchair that flies and go under water" for a class project. “But [my teacher] said we need to start small and then go big.”

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  3. Dorkly Presents 15 Amazing Uses of Wheelchairs in Cosplay

    The TARDIS is just the beginning.

    Stephie Luff attended Hurricane Who as Rose, and in an excellent display of mother-daughter teamwork, her mom came along as the TARDIS.

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  4. Archie Comics Introduces Harper, a New Recurring Character Who’s Living With a Disability

    Good News Everyone!

    This week we'll be getting our first introduction to a brand new recurring member of the Riverdale gang: Harper, Archie Comics's first central disabled character to be introduced in quite a while. Harper is based on real life children's author Jewel Kats, who petitioned Dan Parent (the Archie creator who oversaw Kevin Keller's intro) to include a disabled character in the core cast, and you can read all about that in Comic Book Resources interview with the two. Previously in Archie Comics

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis Beer

    Things We Saw Today

    Remember when HBO and Ommegang asked us to vote for the next Game of Thrones-themed beer? We totally predicted Valar Morghulis would win, and it did. The press release says, "The voting also determined the style of the newbeer - an Abbey Dubbel - which is perfectly represented by the "two-headed" coin which will adorn the labels.Valar Morghulis will be available at retail in fall of this year." We can't wait to taste it but we're still holding out for Ho-Ho-Hodor this holiday season... 

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  6. The Mary Sue Exclusive Preview: DC Comics’ The Movement #8

    The Mary Sue Exclusive

    Check our our exclusive preview of The Movement #8, where things are getting dicey for DC Comics' newest heroes.

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  7. 10-Year-Old Girl Petitions For American Girl Doll With Wheelchair


    Melissa Shang is ten years old and she has more American Girl dolls than I ever had (read: none). But she's not satisfied. Shang, who has Muscular Dystrophy, would love for Mattel to create an American Girl doll who uses a wheelchair.

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  8. Advocacy Group Creates Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities [VIDEO]

    Warning: May Contain Feelings

    Have you ever walked through a clothing store or passed a shop window and wished there were a mannequin that looked more like you? I have, and I'm a person with a disability so you can imagine how interested I was to see this project put together by a Zurich advocacy group called Pro Infirmis. The project, done as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is called "Because who is perfect? Get closer." Miss Handicap 2010 Jasmine Rechsteiner, radio host and film critic Alex Oberholzer, athlete Urs Kolly, blogger Nadja Schmid, and actor Erwin Aljukić all volunteered to participate and have mannequins designed to their personal specifications. Previously in People With Disabilities

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  9. Paraplegic Woman Wants To Surf, Friend Uses Duct Tape To Make It Happen [VIDEO]

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    We all know duct tape has thousands of uses but I'm not quite sure strapping one of my friends on my back so she can go surfing was one I would have thought of. Thankfully Tyron Swan did, and his friends' mom, Pascale Honore, has benefited greatly from it. Find out more about this surfing duo on Facebook and help support their journey here. (via HyperVocal) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Dog Pushes Wheelchair During Flood, Makes Everyone Feel Better About Natural Disasters in General [Video]

    Oh god the easy stereotypical joke is coming I can't stop it he -- IN RUSSIA, DOG WALKS YOU.

    Usually I consider myself a cat person, but even I know that dogs beat cats in the "being useful" department most of the time. For one thing, I sure know that my cat would never push my wheelchair to safety in the middle of a flooded street like this dog was caught doing in Russia. And she certainly wouldn't look so gosh darned happy about it. Also, if I had a wheelchair, she'd probably sit in it while I was asleep and refuse to get out of it to let me in. Wait, why am I a cat person again?

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  11. Bryan Singer Tweets Our First Look At X-Men: Days Of Future Past With Two Very Important Props

    And So It Begins

    Looks like Charles Xavier hasn't made many upgrades to his wheelchair since the 1970s. Both of them look fairly uncomfortable if you ask me but this is technically our first look at Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now if we can just get him to tweet a picture of James McAvoy and Sir Patrick Stewart in them, I'll be even happier. (via MTV Splash Page) Previously in Days of Future Past

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  12. The Mary Sue’s Favorite Articles Of 2012

    The Mary Sue

    We've already let you know what our most talked about and most popular posts of 2012 are. But as the people who write all those stories you read, we at The Mary Sue have to admit that we have favorites of our own. They might not have garnered page after page of comments or tons of hits, but darnit, we like 'em. So now, in our final roundup of 2012, we've let our biases out to play to share with you our Favorite Articles of 2012. Here's to a geek-tastic 2013!

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Guitar Heroes

    Things We Saw Today

    GET IT? (Neatorama)

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  14. Paralympic Athlete Is The First Woman To Live At Home With A Robotic Exoskeleton

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    Claire Lomas was paralyzed from the chest down after a horse riding accident in 2007 but recently utilized a robotic exoskeleton to complete the London Marathon in 17 days. Now she gets to see how the technologically advanced suit works at home. 

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  15. Things We Saw Today: Monopoly Meets Arkham Asylum

    Things We Saw Today

    For sale today on ShirtPunch. I'd totally buy it if it wasn't obnoxious orange but now I really want DC to put out a DCU version of Monopoly. (via Jen Grünwald)

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  16. A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

    Allow Us To Explain

    Not too long ago I asked a famous comic book artist to draw me a picture of Oracle and what I got was not at all what I expected. Barbara Gordon was depicted in a hospital wheelchair with a blanket over her legs, certainly not the Oracle I know. "How could big name-so-and-so not know how to draw someone in a wheelchair?" I said to myself but then I thought, "Probably because they aren't in one." That's just one possible scenario of course, there are plenty of artists out there (like Adam Hughes above) who get it right. But if there's a problem we all suffer from at times it's ignorance. Yes...all of us. Some more than others of course but even the most learned of us could do with a bit of education now and then and that's my goal today. It's certainly not meant as a dig, but through the years, it's become obvious to me that a lot of people are oblivious to the every day lives of people with disabilities (PWD). And that's why awareness and education are important. It's not that people don't care (although some might not), it's that they truly don't know what's appropriate in certain situations. Read on for a few examples of different types of wheelchairs, as well as those who use them, plus some commentary by a creator and an actor who are close to the topic at hand. 

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  17. Only at A Con: Daft Steam Punk Professor X

    What It Says On the Tin

    io9's got a great round up of Dragon*Con cosplay, and there are just a few here that we couldn't help Of course, the lure of a lovingly crafted steampunk wheelchair is frequently too much for mortal men...

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  18. Tongue Piercing Used To Control Wheelchair

    The tongue is a strong muscle that plays a role in our ability to speak and digest (and taste) food. But for paralyzed individuals, the tongue could also be the key to gaining some mobility. Researchers at Northwestern University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta have launched a clinical trial of a tongue drive system for wheelchairs. The system is based on first piercing users' tongues with a magnetic stud. A headset with sensors that can read the magnetic signals emitted from the piercing is worn by the user, who moves their tongue to signal the desired movements of their wheelchair. For example, pointing the tongue to the upper left corner of the mouth will signal the wheelchair to move forward.

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  19. eLEGS, a Robot Exoskeleton That Helps Paraplegics Walk

    Last week, a bionic exoskeleton company called Berkeley Bionics unveiled eLEGS, "a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that powers paraplegics up to get them standing and walking." eLEGS operates by sensing users' gestures, determining their intentions, and acting accordingly: "A real-time computer draws on sensors and input devices to orchestrate every aspect of a single stride." It's really moving to see the hope and excitement the prospect of walking elicits in the users in the video above. The device will undergo clinical tests next year. (via Laughing Squid | Berkeley Bionics webpage)

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