2012 in review

Hello everyone!

We can’t believe our blog has reached its first anniversary a few months ago and now we’re finally celebrating the new year. We hope 2013 will bring at least as many beautiful activities and memories as 2012. Although all of us are in our senior year in high-school, this year has brought so many new projects and rewarding activities. We’re more than happy to share all our achievements with you, our readers and our friends. We hope 2013 will help us become even more close to you and more dedicated to the blog and all its incredible implications. We can’t even begin to express how happy we are for all the support you have shown us and we set as our goal never to disappoint you, our faithful readers! May your year be incredible and full of rewards!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 57,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 13 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Back in Business

We told you we’d be back and I’m really excited to tell you that we are back big time! We have some very exciting news to share with you in the next days so stay tuned!

Ok, to begin with, since June our partnership with Special Olympics extended to our high school too, and we’ve been the liaison between the two. With the occasion of Kira Kegel’s visit, the Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia representive, and another secret project that is yet to be revealed, our school hosted a very interesting event.

The six of us made a presentation in order to show the progress of our blog and project in connection to Special Olympics. Before I post the many photos that we took, I would like to thank, once again, the Special Olympics team for supporting us and helping us fulfill our dreams. We would have never gone so far without their help, if they hadn’t believed in us all this time.

Here’s a gallery with all the photos we took, our teammate Alex presenting three of the Special Olympics athletes, Emilia, the Special Olympics coordinator and Kira Kegel, our guest. We hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comment form below.

Cheers!

 

We all have rights

Today’s read

The World of Special Olympics

Many of you have heard the disturbing news about Bede Vanderhorst, a 16 year old boy with Down syndrome, who was traveling with his parents when they were denied permission to board an American Airlines flight from New Jersey to California despite having paid for their first class tickets.

Much has, rightfully, been said in the media about this injustice. When you hear about the Vanderhorst family being rebooked onto another flight in the last row of the coach section with, reportedly, no other passengers allowed to sit within two rows of them, it is nearly impossible not to draw a parallel to the days of racially segregated buses.

For many, it might seem shocking that injustices like these continue to persist. Yet in Special Olympics we hear about way too many similar occurrences. Fortunately, like all civil rights movements that fight to create lasting change, our dignity revolution…

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Be Right Back!

Hello everyone! As we’ve been telling you for a while, this blog started out as a project; to be more precise: an international competition. The time has come, after four months, to register our link on the competition’s website. In fact today was the last day we could register it. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to post anything on the actual website from today until late June because it will be under examination, and it’s against the rules to add anything.

However, what we wanted to tell you was that we’re not leaving anywhere, and we’re definitely not ending this! Please be patient until June and don’t forget to check the site every once in a while to see when we’ll start posting again. We’ll surely have everything we did in the meantime prepared, just waiting to be turned into juicy posts! 

In the meantime please consider our FACEBOOK PAGE to be a temporary blog, where we’ll post pictures, news and ideas about present and future collaborations. 

                                       SEE YOU IN JUNE!      We’ll be right back!

 

The Most Important Solution

From the 3rd of December until now, our posts have consisted in solutions for hearing impairment, wheelchair accessibility problems and so on. However, these, for now, are just theoretical ideas. Unfortunately, what lacks is a practical approach to all these problems. And this is what this post is all about. What did we do ? What were these 4 months of activity all about?

To begin with, they were about evolution. We began with theory. We then crossed the boundary between theory and practice. And now we have finally set our roots into the land of organisations, volunteering and active participation in solving disabled people’s problems.

However,there is a little specification we need to make. There is, unfortunately, a great difference between countries. We cannot speak for everybody. We are aware that there are many countries that might be way ahead of what we suggest here. But we cannot ignore the fact that there are also many others who are way back, and those are the ones that should be the most important. As such, the starting point of what we shared in our posts was the one of countries such as our own: Romania.

There’s such a great difference between what we hear from other sources and what we experience first-hand. I feel as if I’ve said this a million times and I still can’t refrain from saying it again: there’s no turning back. Being close to disabled people, regardless of their disability gives you a totally different perspective on their entire situation. It’s nothing like most of us imagine it. It’s a known fact that we’re all different. And this is very visible with disabled people. Because as different as we all might be one from another, they are actually the proof that we are also very similar. Despite all their difficulties, what still strikes me the most is the fact that they are more alike us than they are different from us.

The point of this post is to show the most important solution our blog has illustrated: raising awareness amongst our readers and informing them about the various activities they could participate in, the solutions they could try and apply- because although here, in Romania, some of the solutions or activities we proposed might not be widely available, our readers from the USA, which are the most numerous, might consider them useful and accessible,and might become interested and active in their country.

The Special Olympics team and the Light and Faith organisation managed to introduce us to their beautiful world, full of smiles, fulfillment and beauty, one that we would never want to leave, one that has welcomed us, as well as it has other thousands of people, with its arms widely open.

Even though the activities we organised were at a small scale, with our group of classmates and teachers, this is just a small step towards working with our entire school, region, and ultimately country, even world. Our goal is to create connections with organisations from all over the country, the world in order to bring countries that are less developed in disabled accessibility at the same level with the ones that have top notch scientists and organisations taking care of these issues.

Our final statement –for this post – is that theoretical problems might have an end, but practical solutions are never enough. There will always be someone in need of help, and we will be there.

This started off as a simple project but turned out to be a unique experience. Even though the project has to end, our blog will continue, and we will post with the same frequency as before, because it has long surpassed the simple level of a project, it has become an enjoyable activity we wish to keep doing with the same dedication as we have until now.

The Intouchables

Continuing with the film reviews, today I want to recommend to you a movie that I particularly loved. It is long since a movie was able to touch me so, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have indeed done an amazing job.

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Access http://www.imdb.com and you’ll see that this movie has a very good rating in comparison to many others. Well “Stop preaching and start talking about it” you might say, so I’ll get right to it. It’s a story about an aristocrat that becomes paraplegic after a paragliding accident and is obliged to hire an assistant. Chance makes him hire a young man that had just got out of prison. After a certain period of time, a fond relationship between the two sprung up and from here on I’ll let you become really curious and watch the movie yourself.

And something more to keep you interested, the movie is inspired from a real life event! Enjoy!

“My Valentine”

I was impressed to run into this beautiful song the other night…

I knew that the song couldn’t be anything less than beautiful if performed by Sir Paul McCartney. When I saw that it starred Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman I was instantly won over.

On the evening of April 14th Paul McCartney premiered his self directed video for his new song ‘My Valentine’. The release took place at the new Stella McCartney store (the artists’ daughter) during an exclusive screening event.

Even though the former Beatle is approaching the age of 70 he isn’t slowing down at all and I am extremely grateful to that. With 391 soundtrack credits to his name he keeps impressing everyone with his immense talent.

In the end, I’m very happy to share this beautiful song with you, in connection to the problems we are trying to solve. The implication of such important names as Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman, not to mention Sir Paul McCartney is a very important engine to our belief that popularizing issues that disabled people have can be done in order to solve their problems. Please enjoy, beside the video at the top of this post, which features both Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp, the ones in which they are separate.