Magic Wheelchair: Stepping Up Cosplay

In Costumes, Geek Kids, Philanthropy by Supreme Overlord Kaitie0 Comments

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Okay you guys, this is one of the most awesome things I’ve come across. Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization, creates super rad costumes for kids in wheelchairs. These amazing folks don't just create costumes; they build EPIC custom costumes after hearing what each recipient wants to be, and the costumes incorporate the wheelchairs! We're talking Captain America tanks, Millenium Falcons, and a little mermaid who rode in on a turtle. EPIC. These folks are the Macy's Day Parade float builders of wheelchair costumes. I love seeing the amazing confidence the project gives children who are typically viewed as weak when in reality they carry so much strength and perseverance. I also think it sends a positive overall message that cosplay is for everybody and every body, and that even people who are handicapped (or whatever your preferred term is) are just as powerful, creative, and able to be involved in the community as we are. The “geek” community is so wonderfully diverse, but people with certain backgrounds and challenges are still pushed to the margins all too often. We need to work to be inclusive and understanding, challenge unfair practice and discrimination when we see it, and find new ways to support all of our tribe… especially the young-uns.

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Magic Wheelchair is continuously seeking volunteers and donations, so if you're able to do either and think this is amazing, click on through and help out.

 

Photo: Magic Wheelchair

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