Imagine a World: Aimee Mullins and Andrew Shelley

Aimee Mullins at the premiere of Baby Mama at ...

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"It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable." ~ Aimee Mullins

CNN reports on Aimee Mullins:

People come up to Aimee Mullins all the time and say, "you know, I have to tell you, you just don't look disabled." The record-setting athlete, actress and model says, "And it's sweet because I know that they're confused, and they're telling me this because they know I'm missing both legs from the shin down, but they're presented with this package of a highly capable young woman. This has happened all over the world."

And so it is.

A new film about to be released follows Andrew Shelley

... and his modified Frontier X5 all-terrain power chair through five countries over a two-month period, from November 2007 to January 2008. Along the way, we see all of his adventures, both joyful and hair-raising. He encounters shady characters while searching for lodging after midnight in New Zealand, visits the Taj Mahal, sails up the Mekong River, and nearly loses his wheelchair while trekking through Cambodia.

Why did he embark on this trip in the first place? Simply put, he was bored.

It took a lot of planning for Drew Shelley to 
be able to have this conversation in India.
It took a lot of planning for Drew Shelley to be able to have this conversation in India. For one thing, he adapted his chair to be easily broken down into parts that fit through narrow Indian train doors.

"I wanted more out of life than I was getting," says Shelley, 27, who has Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy.
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