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TO CELEBRATE International Wheelchair Day, WE’RE WATCHING Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to B

International Wheelchair Day

An annual day of events and activities which take place around the World when wheelchair users celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has on their lives.

Since it was first launched in 2008, celebrations have taken place in Australia, Nepal, Senegal, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United Kingdom and United States of America.

It has grown year on year and we look forward to 2022 being bigger and better than ever.

Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty (2013) 

Directed by Patty Berne

32 minutes

“There is no right or wrong body of a conscious revolutionary mind.”

Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of colour and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. Sins Invalid is as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm of disability justice.

 Sins Invalid Documentary is distributed by New Day Films, a filmmakers’ cooperative and the largest distributor of documentaries to the academic market. We are also available for streaming on the Kanopy platform, available through many colleges, universities, and libraries. The film includes options for Closed Captions and Audio Description.

SINS INVALID is a REVOLUTION in both performance and society, a REVELATION showcasing bold new talent that audiences have been missing and an EVOLUTION where everything you think you know about disability is breathtakingly redefined. – Lawrence Carter Long, media enthusiast, founder/curator of the disTHIS! Film Series

An important document of a ground-breaking performance project, Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty does much more than make a claim to beauty. It offers up entertainment, excitement, and resistance. It’s erotic and difficult, thought-provoking and funny. For those of us who have never been able to see the show live, it provides a glimpse of the magic that has been happening in the Bay area since 2006. For educators, the film can serve as a flexible and indispensable tool, bringing issues of sexuality and gender, race and class, embodiment and disability into the room in a powerful and immediate way. Because Sins spends it’s time showing more than telling, the resulting film provides much richer for classroom and group discussion. – Cory Silverberg, sex educator and author on Sexuality Guide,, and co-author, “The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability”

Available on New Day Films and Kanopy

English subtitles

Access: The film has descriptive subtitles for those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing and audio description formats for those with sight loss.

Sins Invalid is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers Group.

The Aims of International Wheelchair Day

To enable wheelchair users to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has in their lives.

To celebrate the great work of the many millions of people who provide wheelchairs, who provide support and care for wheelchair users and who make the World a better and more accessible place for people with mobility issues.

To acknowledge and react constructively to the fact there are many tens of millions of people in the World who need a wheelchair, but are unable to acquire one.

Get some ideas from previous year’s by downloading a FREE copy of “The History of International Wheelchair Day“.


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