Reinventing the Wheel
Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury
On View March 5-March 26 | The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery
21 photographers were paired with 21 people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
The participants for the project live across the country and have a range of abilities, interests, ages, and backgrounds.
This collection of visual storytelling highlights the real lives of people with SCI and aims to start conversations, change attitudes, and empower people to work on goals like increasing access to housing, employment, education, and recreation for people with disabilities.
Reinventing the Wheel is a project of BACKBONES, an organization that provides one-on-one peer support for people with spinal cord injuries and their families nationwide through phone, in-person, or web-based connections. The organization was founded in Chicago in 2009 by Reveca Torres, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident at the age of 13 in 1995.
Reinventing the Wheel tells stories about family, like that of a mother who has SCI whose child is 5 years old, and stories about strength, like that of a young man who is returning to college after his SCI. Reinventing the Wheel is about ability.
Reinventing the Wheel is part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival.
Gallery exhibitions made possible in part with a generous grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
The gallery exhibitions are made possible by a generous grant from The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.