ADAnet Partners with Reflexions Campaign

Reflexions The "RefleXions" campaign against image discrimination in society is an endeavor created by numerous organizations, collaborators, supporters and individuals who take this issue seriously and have developed an unrelenting fight in order to stand up united for the cause of equality for all and an end to inequality based on image. The campaign will launch from April 26th 2010 through May 2nd 2010. This year's campaign will be spread through many different avenues including public school speaking, celebrity vox pop surveys, TV and radio public service announcements and a highly mediatized Red Carpet Closing Ceremony on May 5th 2010 at the world-renowned Imperial Theater in Montreal, Canada.

Just Imagine Movie In 2008, Sean Marckos, the President of Dreamsgate Pictures, was denied entrance to the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival because he is a wheelchair user. Marckos was born with Muscular Dystrophy and has used a wheelchair for mobility since he was a child. This incident at the Cannes Film Festival was a blatant and repeated act of discrimination that refused Sean the same rights as his peers. For the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Sean sent a letter to the Festival Organizers, via a lawyer, requesting that they install a ramp on the Red Carpet to permit universal access for everyone. His request was quickly denied. When he attempted to enter the Red Carpet area at Cannes Film Festival again in 2009, he was again refused access and was escorted away.

We find the Festival's treatment of Marckos to be unacceptable, and we will not be complacent in the face of such an afront to disability culture. Dreamsgate Pictures is currently in production for Just Imagine, a Documentary that deals with image and discrimination and follows Marckos as he battled for equality at the Cannes Film Festival. A portion of the proceeds from the film will be donated to disability associations worldwide that are already supporting us as well as the Dreamsgate Children's Foundation. We believe that in 2010, it is shameful that such discriminations are still occurring and are allowed to occur at the very events celebrating culture.

In the United States, the American Disability Association was working on pre-production of the documentary, Disability in the Americas, in Uruguay, Argentina and Ecuador in 2008 and 2009 and sought a visa so that our filmmaker could work with us on pre-production in the United States. The published filmmaker, H. Patricio Burbano V., was not allowed to enter the United States and he was not given the reasonable accommodation that the Consul at the US Embassy Quito told our President he would have. In fact, upon leaving the US Embassy, the President of the American Disability Association was personally abused by US Embassy Guards in that he was not allowed to return to his car in the embassy's handicap parking lot. He was made to climb up a dirty grassy hill to a public sidewalk without adequate handicap accessibility, and stand waiting for the Filmmaker to assist him in walking the entire way around the embassy to retrieve the vehicle.

In the United States, in 2008, the Department of Justice concluded a study showing that people with visible disabilities were one and a half times more likely to be victims of violent crime in the United States, based solely on their visible image as people with disabilities. We are seeking to raise awareness about the science of image discrimination and to prevent thes injustices from becoming our status quo as people with disabilities. We hope you will join us and help make the world a better place for everyone by helping us share our message, as people with disabilities that want what we all want, basic dignity and respect as people.

Just Imagine Movie

We welcome the involvement of other media in telling our story. We welcome your donations, through the link below, in support of our work.

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We must not allow anybody to make us feel that we are born to live in poverty and deprivation, we must make it clear: we are going to live in dignity and honor.
-- Martin Luther King
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