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

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

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DO WANT

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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Warning: May Contain Feelings

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

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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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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

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)

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And So It Begins

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

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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The Mary Sue

The Mary Sue’s Favorite Articles Of 2012

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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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Guitar Heroes

GET IT? (Neatorama)

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We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

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

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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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Monopoly Meets Arkham Asylum

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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Allow Us To Explain

A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

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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