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New reality show challenges common notions about disability

For those who are not confronted in their day-to-day lives with disability, there may be many misconceptions. The makers of a new reality show hope to dispel common stereotypes and show a different side of disability. "Push Girls" gives viewers a firsthand account of what life is like for four women who have been disabled by illness or injury. The show follows them through daily activities and gives them the opportunity to confront their challenges with an audience, from putting on make-up to starting their own families.

Disabled persons in California and nationwide suffer severe challenges financially and personally. Social Security disability may be available to victims and their families. This show sheds light on life with disability and brings hope to those who have suffered a spinal cord injury.

According to the president and chief executive of United Spinal Association, an advocacy organization for people with spinal cord injuries, the show will help to, "dispel preconceived notions" about those with disabilities. While the women face very different challenges, they are still seeking life enjoyment and fulfillment the same as everyone else.

The women provide inspiration, both to those with disabilities and those who may have never considered what life is like in a wheel chair. The characters are funny, stylish and have a strength that helps to clarify misconceptions that many people may have about disabled persons. The women who appear in the reality show hope they inspire others to overcome adversity. They also hope that it provides hope to individuals who have suffered a disability.

Whether you or someone you love has suffered a disability, life can be a challenge. Financial and professional assistance is available. If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits in the past, an experienced lawyer may be able to help you obtain benefits on appeal.

Source: The Associated Press, " 'Push Girls' tries to dispel notions about the disabled," Sandy Cohen, June 1, 2012.

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