This month marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And next month, PC+C will open its most recent work exploring disability: PUSH: Real Athletes, Real Stories, Real Theatre. Part of our Undesirable Elements program, the production features Canadian parathletes, and it will premiere at the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games cultural festival in Toronto.
In recognition of these markers, this blog post comes from Matthew Joffe, a disability advocate and educator. Matthew was a participant and performer in PC+C’s Undesirable Elements: Inside/Out, which premiered in 2008 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He’s the Director of Outreach and Education at the Wellness Center at LaGuardia Community College. In Inside/Out, Matthew spoke about his life and perspectives living with Moebius Syndrome. Here’s a video moment with Matthew.