Kenguru is a tiny electric hatchback for wheelchair users
By Ellis Hamburger, theverge.com
Kenguru’s electric car has no seats, and you drive it by putting your hands on motorcycle-style handlebars. It’s built for wheelchair users, who can roll right through the rear hatch of the car into the driver’s area. The Austin-based…
THIS IS SO COOL.
fergalicious214 asked: It was never specifically said that Korra broke her legs/is paralyzed (unless of course I missed it somewhere). She very well may just be to weak to stand. And the crying might just be her utter exhaustion and sadness that it's taking so long for her to heal. She's used to kicking ass and taking names not being wheeled around by people.
she took a huge fall and landed on her legs:
so it’s still very much possible that she won’t be able to walk, at least not for a long time
I know that I’ve said this before and I will say it again
There is an endless amount of reasons why I love Avatar: The Last Airbender (and Legend of Korra but this post will focus on the former).
Those who follow me certainly know that I don’t need to explain every reason
But I do want to elaborate on one of the most important reasons:
The way disabilities are treated in the World of Avatar
As many people know (and many more don’t) I am disabled and use a wheelchair a good portion of the day (I can walk short distances but that’s about it.) I am also partially blind.
As such, I’ve tended to look out for and connect to characters who have disabilities. In A:TLA two such characters are Teo and Toph.
Now there have been many characters with disabilities on other shows. Unfortunately, I’ve found that you get often two scenarios:
A. The character may have a disability but has no limitations and can do everything that the other characters can do.
B. The character is limited and cannot do what other characters can do without the aid of assistance (whether it’s technology or another person). Basically their character is dependent on something/somebody else.
But A:TLA does neither one of those scenarios. Instead they find a wonderful spot in-between. A spot that’s realistic of how an actual disability is. Because they show that both Toph and Teo may occasionally need help because they are disabled (Toph was born blind and Teo was injured resulting in the use of a wheelchair.) And there are times when the other characters step in to help or when their disability prevents them from doing something. Just like it would in real life. But the thing I love about this is that it’s often very subtle. The type of thing that you have to look twice to catch. For example:
Teo having to be lifted onto Appa
Or having to be lifted up the stairs
Or Toph having to be helped around the wooden docks
They’re simple things but to me they are important. Because they are things that acknowledge the fact that these two have disabilities. They don’t try to hide it or romanticize it or (for lack of better words) make into a ‘your-disability-does-not-change-anything-about-you-you-are-just-like-everyone-else’ scenario. And believe me when I say that I have seen that scenario both in television and in real life. And the simple answer is that it’s simply not true. There are some things that I simply cannot do because of my disability. Things that you can do. I can’t. However that doesn’t mean that my entire life is defined by my disability and the best part is … A:TLA address that too. Because even though both characters have disabilities and there are scenes where this is known, they can still fight alongside the others.
Teo obviously shouldn’t be wheeling across the battlefield. The solution: sit him in a large tank. That’s just brilliant. And Toph … I mean come on do I even need to explain Toph’s character? Nobody on that show will ever doubt the fact that Toph can beat the lily-liver out of them.
There are moments of weakness. There are moments of strength. And that is the true definition of having a disability.
And I’ll tell you something else, because I am now gushing: I have had to go into surgeries and hospitalizations before. And every single time I have thought about these two characters. They may be fictional but the fact that they show so much strength despite the setbacks of their disabilities is really encouraging.
And so I
metaphoricallystand here today and I say, “Thank you Bryke and the rest of the Avatar cast/crew for creating characters that not only realistically show setbacks of disabilities but also the strength of overcoming a disability. And for giving hope to somebody who really has a disability.”
but what if korra stayed disabled. what if we had a disabled avatar
imagine what that would do for the disabled fans
lol bolin what are you doing
This part had me laughing and aww-ing at the same time.
One of my most impressive/disturbing food work I did. I love my ohmu-rice! #omulet #allnaturalfood #nerdchef #vegetarianfood #studioghibli #nausicaa #omurice #bento
“Of course, there would be no Air Nation without Avatar Korra. She opened the portals and somehow the world began anew for us. And she was even willing to lay down her own life in order to protect ours. There’s no way we can ever repay her for all she’s done. But we can follow her example of service and sacrifice.”
- Tenzin (via korrastyle)
Anonymous asked: i'm confused...how did p'li die?
let’s just say it was a mind blowing scene