Photography exhibit puts spotlight on disability awareness

An online search of the word “disability” will often generate somber, sad and hopeless imagery, perpetuating stereotypes that fail to reflect the real lives of individuals with disabilities. In fact, people with disabilities can lead happy, successful and active lives and make important contributions to society.

Harper College will host a powerful photography exhibit that aims to highlight real lives, start conversations, change attitudes and empower many to shift their views.

“Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury” features 21 photographers matched with 21 people with spinal cord injury, resulting in 21 stories about ability. The traveling exhibit will open Monday, Oct. 10, and run through Friday, Nov. 4, in the art cases of the Building P hallway on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The collection of imagery and visual storytelling is a product of the organization Backbones, which Harper alum Reveca Torres founded to provide support for people with spinal cord injuries and their families.

Harper will host a variety of other events to recognize Disability Employment Awareness Month:

  • Adaptive Yoga Workshop for Students of All Abilities from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Building M, Room M249. Instructor Ryan McGraw draws on his own experience as a person with cerebral palsy to create a safe environment for students. He will teach poses and techniques to make yoga accessible to every body. RSVP to
  • Disability History Exhibit from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14 in the Avanté Center hallway.
  • Group Transit Orientation from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Building L, Room L200. Speaker Patricia Fitzgerald will discuss how to stay informed about accessible public transportation options.

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Last Updated: 6/21/22