Cr*pple Magazine founder Emily Flores has been featured in The New York Times and Teen Vogue, and many other platforms advocating for meaningful and accurate representation and inclusion for people with a disability. Calum began to feel less isolated when he found and began writing for Cr*pple Magazine after acquiring his disability.
When discussing disability representation Calum and Emily found themselves asking: What makes the human condition and what makes us human? Is it something in our ability to relate to each other and feel understood and heard? How can we feel understood and heard if we don't have a voice or if no one is listening?
In this episode of Divergent, Calum and Emily unpack themes around media representation, community and coming up against the isolation that can come with living in a divergent body, summed up by Gracen M Brilmyer:
“Much historical documentation of disability is produced by those in power, and the voices of those whose lives are affected by such representation are often missing from records.”
-Gracen M Brilmyer - Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies at McGill University and PhD, University of California Los Angeles.
In this episode of Divergent, Calum introduces you to a friend of his from Glasgow named Kashif Saghar. They discuss the process of putting their lives and sense of selves back together again piece by piece after both acquiring a traumatic brain injury.
In this episode, Calum takes you to Breaking Boundaries, a neurological rehab based in Newcastle, New South Wales. He interviews Philippa (Pip) Cave, director of physiotherapy.