If you have been to a BACKBONES event before, you already know that we are not just about connecting people with spinal cord injury for peer support. BACKBONES is about storytelling. Sharing your story for the sake of connecting as humans, for knowledge, conversation and understanding.
And so in honor of storytelling I will tell you a story about many stories…
Once upon a time, Reveca wanted to show the world why people should care that there are millions of Americans like herself living with spinal cord injuries (SCI). She wanted people to know that life was not over and people with SCI can live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. A Google search resulted in a bad representation of people with disabilities, they all looked ill and helpless! This needed to change!!!
“I could tell people my story” she thought, “but that wouldn’t be as fun…”
What was the best way to impact a large number of people…think…think…Lightbulb!!!
A picture! A picture can say a thousand words she thought, as cliché as that was, it was true! With one photo we could capture a whole story, a thousand moments that led to that one. It could change someone’s perception of what they knew to be true… in one instant!
And sooo…the journey began to pair up 21 photographers with 21 people with spinal cord injuries, and together they would create 21 photo stories of ABILITY and life after SCI.
Silly pictures, serious pictures, funny pictures, beautiful pictures, crazy pictures…REAL pictures of REAL lives!
The 21 teams are from cities all over the country, capturing stories of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. On June 29th, 2013 BACKBONES Launched: Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury as a touring exhibit starting at the National Museum Health and Medicine Chicago.
Join us in this project by sharing our work with everyone you know! Together we will begin to shift attitudes- Let’s challenge current stereotypes of the lives of people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) change views leading to better access to housing, employment, education and recreation for people with disabilities!
Please consider making a donation to help cover our touring costs! We need your help to keep this wheel turning!