The Redemption of ABC

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you might start to feel dizzy. I know I certainly feel like I’ve been catapulted into a whirlwind lifestyle of attending different functions during the day (or sometimes evening), and then blogging into the wee hours of the morning.

Last night, ABC’s “What Would You Do?” aired its highly-anticipated special episode in which all the winning scenarios submitted for their “How Would You Do It?” were portrayed by actors and, as usual on the show, the reactions and actions of bystanders were caught on camera. 

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One of the contest winners, Amy Saffell, has spina bifida. Saffell, a wheelchair user, submitted a scenario in which she is in a public place on her own, and a complete stranger tries persistently to “help” her without cause. 

According to Saffell, this is an all-too-common occurrence in her daily life, and she relished the opportunity to educate others about people with ‘disabilities.’ (I’ll let you know if the day arrives when I’m comfortable with removing the quotation marks.) 

Today I posted a blog entry on the Marquis Healthcare site in response to the episode segment. I live Tweeted during the entire episode, remarking not only on that particular segment which was toward the end of the program, but also on the other scenarios featured, which portray some critical issues that involve our basic human rights. 

Did you watch last night’s program? What did you think? I’m giving you all the chance to sound off, not here, but on my blog post for Marquis! Please share your thoughts and let me know if you could relate to Amy’s scenario. 

Also, please check out another recent blog post for Marquis, in which I criticized ABC’s portrayal of people living with spina bifida in an evening newscast. 

All in all, the episode was deeply thought-provoking– and made it very difficult to keep from yelling at the T.V. 

 

Hope you’re all having a fabulous week! 

 

Love, 

Laurita 

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