PWDBC - Disability TV on air
An ambitious plan to start a 24-hour all disability TV channel was launched yesterday on the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The catchily named PWDBC - People With Disabilities Broadcasting Corporaition - has started the ball rolling on this ambitious plan by setting up a drum-banging website.
They intend to hit the mainstream with a mix of comedies, dramas, reality, sports, information and news programmes all made by disabled people - um, that's PWDs - Peoples Withs some of those Disabilities.
"It is important for us in the disability community to advocate and legislate, but it's time for us to create and celebrate both our historical and future contributions to American popular culture," explains PWdBC's founder Howard Renensland.
"We feel strongly that the global concerns of people with disabilities will be most rapidly advanced through the successful inclusion of persons who have disabilities within the structure of mass media itself."
The website is currently rather business-oriented, with scoping documents and their vision. But they're also calling for disabled people with relevant skills to get involved now. You can follow the very latest in their progress on the site's weblog.