Comic Hannah Gadsby

Here’s a wonderful Fresh Air (NPR)  interview with host Terri Gross and comic Hannah Gadsby. Gadsby shares her story as a woman and comic diagnosed with autism in her late thirties. Her insights and shared understanding are unique and well worth a listen. Enjoy.

I’m Going to Prepare a Place for You

In these challenging times, here’s  an inspiring video made by a church youth group here in Pasadena, a statement shining through the darkness while our leaders fail us every nighmarish day, hiding and lying behind privelege, arrogance, self-interest and corruption. The light is there bleeding out from the shadows—our youth, our children, our hope.

Many thanks to the Pasadena Four Square Church!

2nd Annual Adaptive Sports Festival

The 2nd Annual Inclusive Adaptive Sports Festival held at Brookside Park, in the shadow of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, was a resounding success with hundreds of people, young and old, with and without disabilities, participating in a bevy of adaptive sports.

It was a wonderful day full of competition and joy. Special acknowledgement and congrats to the City of Pasadena’s Human Services and Recreation Department, the Triumph Foundation, Andrew Skinner, Ali Everett and all the sponsors, vendors and volunteers who made it all come together. Let’s do it again next year!

Adaptive Sports Festival for All

If you like sports, the Adaptive Sports Festival has it all. Come join the City of Pasadena’s Human Resources and Recreation Department and the Triumph Foundation for a full day of inclusive sports on Saturday, November 9th at Brookside Park located down by the Rose Bowl. Everyone is welcomed, everyone can participate. This event is FREE!

  • Quad Rugby
  • Handcycling
  • Pickle Ball
  • Tennis
  • Boxing
  • Archery
  • Beep Baseball
  • Boccia
  • Zumba
  • Dance

Adaptive Sports Festival
Saturday, November 9
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Brookside Park Pasadena
360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

For more information and registration: Adaptive Sports Festival

Chained for Life

The second feature from director Aaron Schimberg, Chained for Life is a multi-layered, film within a film that challenges the portrayal and treatment of disabilities on screen and on set. Here’s an interview with lead actor Adam Pearson.

Chained for Life is being screened at the ReelAbilities Film Festival in Los Angeles, Sunday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m.

ReelAbilities Film Festival — October 25-27

ReelAbilities Film Festiva is a three-day festival that showcases new and classic films, conversations, and artistic programs, and that explores, embraces, and celebrates the diversity of our shared human experience.

Real people, real stories, ReelAbilities! Join the fun!

OCTOBER 25-27, 2019

Universal Cinema AMC
CityWalk Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

 ReelAbilities Schedule

All films are presented with full audio description and closed captioning. 

Power of One with Brian Biery

Power of One , a monthly interview program with host Brian Biery, featuring stories of people from the Greater Pasadena area and how they are positively impacting their communities. Here’s a recent episode with Martin Sweeney, chair of the City of Pasadena’s Accessibility & Disability Commission, on a range of topics including Disability Culture. 

For more Power of One episodes: Power of One (YouTube Channel)

One Day: On the Road to the ADA

A documentary play performed by University of Redlands students, faculty and community members on November 29, 2018. The play text is taken from the earliest hearing on the ADA which had heavy hitters like Ted Kennedy, Tom Harkin, Lowell Weicker and legendary disability activist Judy Heumann testifying but also grassroots witnesses from across the country who told some of the most eloquent stories.

The play is dramatic and funny and a chance to get inside one of the most important policy changes enacted in the 20th century, one that extended civil rights to disabled and deaf and citizens.

And it almost did not make it through.

A Reenactment of the Congressional Hearing of September 27, 1988

Adapted by Victoria Lewis

Funded in part by the California Arts Council and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.

The Real Me

This annual exhibition of work created by artists with developmental disabilities from the Pasadena Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation art program is a summer tradition at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts. For this year’s exhibition, each member of the class has created heartfelt works that illustrate their notion of “The Real Me.”

The exhibition runs from July 6 through September 8, 2019

Open 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Closed Tuesdays and holidays
Admission is always free

Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA