Oct 20, 2014
This episode is doubly special - not only does Emily join Mike for a second consecutive week, but the dashing Disnerds are also joined by two Very Important People. Keston and Andrea Ott-Dahl have a daughter, Delaney, with Down's Syndrome - and they want Disney to create meaningful characters who represent Delaney, and other disabled folks - and they want YOU to sign a petition in favour!
We hear about how Delaney came into the world, and how Keston transformed from ableist to disability activist, and how this new lens showed her the sad lack of representation in the world of kids' and family media (Hell, media in general). It's a wide-ranging discussion, touching on intersectional awareness, the power of siblings, the way the internet empowers all of us to be proud and do good - and, of course, how Disney fits into all this!
If you're buzzing as much after listening as we were after recording, let us know - Like us, and Delaney, on Facebook; Follow us, and the upcoming book all about Delaney, on Twitter; subscribe to us on iTunes (and there should totally be an Ott-Dahl podcast...), and email us, at firstname.lastname@example.org - and, as always, enjoy!
Links 'n' Stuff:
delaneyskye.com - Keston, Andrea and Delaney's blog, and the hub for all you'd want to know!
The petition itself!