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People We Love: Laura Hershey, 1962-2010

Today is Labor Day and we have another account from a former Jerry’s Kid. This time, it’s the legendary writer, poet, activist Laura Hershey. This is an account of her experience protesting at the MDA telethon, along with other disabled people across various cities in 1991. Copyright 1993 by Laura Hershey. The article also appeared in the Spring/Summer 1997 issue of Spectacle, published by Pachanga Press, Burlington MA.

Here is an excerpt:

You have to keep thinking about the money, because as everyone freely admits, that’s what this is all about. The money raised represents hope — year after year, promises of a miracle, the great cure that waits just around the corner. The money manifests faith — faith in the noble research scientists working desperately to identify, and eliminate, flawed genes. The money testifies to human love and compassion, ruthlessly sentimentalized in songs like “They’ll Never Walk Alone” which punctuate the twenty or so hours of the telethon.

The money is what justifies, even sanctifies, this annual ritual of tears and guilt. In 1996 the telethon raised over $49 million. That massive amount of money that people — young and old, rich and poor — feel compelled to donate, giving “till it hurts,” as Jerry Lewis insists — that money makes it very hard to challenge what is actually going on.

But there we were, back in September 1991, on Denver’s busy 16th Street Mall, challenging the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Along with activists in cities around the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, we were protesting the telethon’s portrayal of people with disabilities as helpless and pathetic. We were asserting publicly that this colossal begging festival, supposedly carried out on our behalf, is offensive to us and damaging to our efforts to become first-class citizens. Our protests were small, but they would become an annual tradition — much to the annoyance of Jerry Lewis and MDA.

For years we had been protesting against the barriers which keep people with disabilities from using buses, public buildings, and other facilities. Now we were taking on one of the biggest barriers of all: the paternalistic attitudes which prevail in our society, and which are reflected so dramatically in the annual telethon.

It is difficult to raise objections to something like the telethon; people are reluctant to disparage, or even entertain questions about, an effort which they perceive as fundamentally good, or at least well-meaning. That is understandable. It is an uncomfortable truth, in social work, in government activity, and in charitable endeavors, that actions which are intended to help a certain group of people may actually harm them. By harm, I mean — among other things — that these actions may reinforce the already devalued status of people with disabilities in this society. Looking closely and critically at the telethon, as some of us have started to do, brings up a number of issues which I feel are essential to understanding the status of people with disabilities as an oppressed minority group in America. These issues include: charity versus civil rights; cure versus accommodation; self-expression and self-determination; and the relationship between pity and bigotry.

The telethon has one goal — to raise as much money as possible for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or MDA. Conventional wisdom says that the most effective way to do this is to appeal directly to the emotions of viewers — to move people so strongly, with stories of tragic suffering, that they will want to help “save Jerry’s kids.” Money is tight these days; charitable solicitation is a competitive business. Invoking sympathy sufficient to pry open wallets is not an easy task. But those orchestrating the telethon have a foolproof, not-so-secret weapon: children. Never mind that two-thirds of MDA’s 1 million clients are adults — the telethon is not in the business of trying to represent the real lives of people with muscular dystrophy. That’s not the point. The point is to paint a picture of a victim so tragic, and at the same time so cute and appealing, that viewers will be compelled to call in a pledge. This victim must also appear helpless, utterly unable to help him/herself, so that the giver can gain a personal sense of virtue and superiority from the act of giving. Finally, the victim must display something called “courage,” which does not resemble the bold, active kind of courage most people aspire to or at least fantasize about, in which one takes one’s destiny into one’s own hands and, by exercising will and choice, affirms oneself and/or one’s place in the universe. No, the “courage” demanded in this instance is the willingness to deprecate oneself; to accept other people’s versions of one’s own reality; to reject one’s own identity in favor of an eagerly anticipated cure (this is also called “hope”); to tolerate and even encourage the assumption that life with a disability is a life scarcely worth carrying on with, except for the generosity of Jerry Lewis and everyone involved in the telethon.

At the age of eleven, I was enlisted into this role of cheerful victim. I was a Poster Child. In 1973-74, I became a mini-celebrity, appearing at fundraisers throughout Colorado. I learned to smile whenever a camera appeared, and to say “thank you” — in other words, I learned to look, sound, and act cute and grateful. And on Labor Day, I became a prop in the TV studio where the local portion of the telethon was broadcast. To whole families, driving by to drop their contributions in a giant fishbowl outside the studio; to the camera’s blinking red light; to the anchorman who squatted next to me, holding a huge microphone in my face; to everyone, I gave the same cute-and-grateful act, because that’s what they wanted.

So I am no stranger to the telethon. And in the two decades since then, the telethon doesn’t seem to have changed much. I watch it every year, just to make sure. It’s still chillingly familiar. The sappy music, the camera close-ups of wistful faces, the voice-overs telling us about that person’s dream to walk someday, the tearful stories told by parents “devastated” by their children’s disability, and the contributors coming forward in droves — it was all just the same as I remember it.

But some things have changed; I have changed. I don’t know what my politics were as an eleven-year-old, if I had any. But my politics now — which are not merely political but also personal, spiritual, and practical — have led me to question and ultimately reject most of the values which the telethon represents.

For the entire article: http://www.cripcommentary.com/frompost.html

Later on September 4, 2010, she reflected on that year’s MDA telethon: http://www.laurahershey.com/?p=392

Check out a video of Laura Hershey talking about being one of ‘Jerry’s kids’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_OzeFshsQY


Laura Hershey (1962 – 2010) was a Colorado-based writer, poet, activist, and consultant. Her poems and essays explore diverse topics including body, nature, community, activism, social justice,  disability rights, equitable health care, community inclusion, feminism, and nonviolence. She authored Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities, and more than 100 of her articles and essays have been published in journals, anthologies, magazines, and on websites worldwide. She earned a BA in history from Colorado College, an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Colorado College.

For more of Laura Hershey’s biography, writing and poetry, go to her website: http://www.laurahershey.com

Laura Hershey Digital Collection: http://laurahershey.omeka.net

 

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People We Love: Ben Mattlin, Los Angeles, CA

In the third of our series of posts about the MDA telethon and the culture of pity/inspiration porn, here’s an excerpt from a story on NPR originally broadcast on August 31, 2012 featuring Ben Mattlin, writer, editor and commentator. As the author of Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity, he wrote about his experiences as a poster boy for MDA and being one of Jerry’s kids.

Black and white photo of an ad featuring Ben Mattlin as a young boy for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. He is looking pensively at the camera and is about 7-8 years old. The text at the top of the image says, "If I grow up I want to be a fireman."

“My parents kind of believed in it. This was the only organization that existed that would serve them — parents of a child with a neuromuscular disability. First, it was fun — ‘I’m going to be famous,’ I thought. But after a short time, it got a bit tiresome. … My final ad was a big full-page ad. … They had me stand in leg braces and they told me the caption was going to be: ‘If I grow up, I want to be a fireman.’ I was 6 [or] 7 years old. I was told I had a normal life expectancy at that point [and] I did not want to be a fireman. So I was quite upset. … I knew I couldn’t be a fireman. That was absurd. … It felt untrue. It felt exploited.

“It gave me a sense of what it meant to be a disabled kid that was not flattering, and did not feel like reality. It made me distance myself from … my people, from people like me. And when I got over that and came to associate with other disabled people, it was a … realization that there are some pretty cool people out there and I shouldn’t turn my back on that community just because of … the impression I had of it from these fundraising things that really are not doing justice — and frankly a disservice — to the community they aim to serve.”

For the entire interview of Ben Mattlin: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/31/160259194/against-the-odds-a-miracle-boy-grows-up

 


 

Ben Mattlin

More on Ben’s book: http://www.miracleboygrowsup.com

Website: http://www.benmattlin.com

Twitter: @benmattlin

Blog: http://www.benmattlin.blogspot.com

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People We Love: Ingrid Tischer, Berkeley, CA

A fabulous excerpt/extended quote by Ingrid Tischer, Director of Development, DREDF, on telethons, ‘inspiration porn‘ and their impact on girls with disabilities (published in an article titled, “I’ll Trade You the Pink-Ribbon Teddy Bear for Jerry Lewis Any Day” on November 2005 for Bay Area Business Woman).

This is the second in our 4-part series on people talking about the MDA telethon and specifically the portrayal of people with disabilities as objects of pity.

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Two ungrateful uppity crip chicks! Left: Ingrid Tischer. Right: Alice Wong

It being less than a month before the next MDA Telethon, I’m now donning my Ungrateful Crip bonnet, adjusting that chip on my fragile yet annoying shoulder, and quoting myself from past years. And thinking fondly of other Ungrateful Crips no longer with us: Harriet McBryde Johnson, Barbara Faye Waxman, Laura Hershey.

Minutes after I tuned in this year, a little girl was profiled in a video montage before she and her parents joined the host on stage. She sat listening quietly as her parents talked about how their little girl didn’t have a future.

Unlike “normal” children, she was “confined” to a wheelchair and could be “struck down” at any moment. You couldn’t see how these dramatic statements affected her because a “Call Now” graphic covered the lower portion of the screen — right where her face was, and where the face of of any person who uses a wheelchair would be expected to be.

Here’s the thing: Little girls who hear they don’t have futures become women who don’t have jobs. And people will never care that women with disabilities are excluded from their work places if they think of us as faceless bodies with special needs instead of women with equal rights.

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THANK YOU, INGRID!!

 


 

About Ingrid Tischer

Ingrid Tischer became DREDF’s Director of Development in 2011. She’s been a Bay Area-based fundraiser, non–profit manager and activist for nearly 20 years. Her staff and consulting work has supported free healthcare services, human and environmental health policy, gender and LGBT anti-discrimination, employment civil rights, and disability rights. She got her start in 1992 in a grassroots women’s clinic before moving on to cutting–edge advocacy organizations Breast Cancer Action, Equal Rights Advocates and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center. Her media advocacy experience has involved working in coalition with the Labor Project for Working Families, MomsRising and The Impact Fund. She has served on the Women’s Community Clinic Advisory Board, is an alumna of the Women’s Health Leadership (WHL) Program for emerging women healthcare leaders, and has been a faculty member of the California Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) program. Her writing has appeared in The Progressive, Ragged Edge, off our backs, and other outlets. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from The American University in Washington, D.C.

About Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Website: http://dredf.org

DREDF blog: http://dredf.org/the-watercooler/

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Disability History: New York Times opinion piece on MDA telethon by Evan Kemp Jr. (9/3/81)

Eeeeeeks. It’s almost Labor Day and for some people with muscular dystrophy, it’s a time of cringing and overall disdain due to the MDA telethon for ‘Jerry’s kids.’ This is the first in our 4-part blog posts on the MDA telethon and specifically the portrayal of people with disabilities as objects of pity.

Check out this opinion piece first published in the New York Times on September 3, 1981.

Aiding the Disabled: No Pity, Please

Evan Kemp Jr.

The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon with its pity approach to fund-raising has contributed to these prejudices that create vast frustration and anger among the 36 million disabled people in this country. For most of us who have one of the 40 neuromuscular diseases for which the Muscular Dystrophy Association seeks cures, barriers to employment, transportation, housing and recreation can be more devastating and wasteful of our lives than the diseases from which we suffer. The very human desire for cures for these diseases can never justify a television show that reinforces a stigma against disabled people. These prejudices create stereotypes that offend our self-respect, harm our efforts to live independent lives and segregate us from the mainstream of society. The telethon encourages public prejudices in several ways.

With its emphasis on ”poster children” and ”Jerry’s kids,” the telethon focuses primarily on children. The innocence of children makes them ideal for use in a pity appeal. But by celebrating disabled children and ignoring disabled adults, it seems to proclaim that the only socially acceptable status for disabled people is their early childhood. The handicapped child is appealing and huggable – the adolescent or mature adult is a cripple to be avoided.

Treating all disabled people as children is tragic both to the child and to society. Handicapped children are not made aware that many disabled people can and do funtion in society as useful adults and they receive little encouragement to move toward adult independence, which condemns them to live as children all their lives. Society suffers in turn because many disabled people, if encouraged to grow into mature adults, could contribute to their own support and save taxpayers’ dollars.

Another tragedy befalls the families of disabled people who are treated like children: worry about what will happen if the parents die before their still-dependent adult child. Will the handicapped person become a ward of the state? Be ”warehoused” in an overcrowded, uncaring, abusive and expensive institution? In short, mothers, fathers and siblings are needlessly but understandably agonized.

The telethon emphasizes the desperate helplessness of the most severely disabled. In doing so, it reinforces the public’s tendency to equate handicap with total hopelessness. When a telethon makes disabling conditions seem overwhelmingly destructive, it intensifies the awkward embarassment that the able-bodied feel around disabled people. By arousing the public’s fear of the handicap itself, the telethon makes viewers more afraid of hanicapped people. Playing to pity may raise money, but it also raises walls of fear between the public and us.

For the entire piece: http://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/03/opinion/aiding-the-disabled-no-pity-please.html


From the EEOC: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/35th/bios/evankemp.html

Evan J. Kemp, Jr. was named Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Bush on March 8, 1990. He was first nominated as an EEOC commissioner by President Reagan on March 10, 1987, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 1987 for a term expiring July 1, 1992.

Chairman Kemp came to EEOC as one of the nation’s leading advocates for persons with disabilities. During his first two and a half years, then Commissioner Kemp played a major role in promoting credible and effective enforcement of the rights of all individuals under the equal employment laws EEOC enforces. As a member of the Bush Administration, Chairman Kemp worked closely with the White House in its consideration and ultimate endorsement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Evan J. Kemp, Jr. died on August 12, 1997. Read his obituary here: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/14/us/evan-j-kemp-jr-60-champion-of-disabled.html

Civil Rights = Disability Rights = Human Rights

Judith Heumann is an internationally known disability rights activist. She currently serves as the State Department’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights.

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Check out her recent op-ed for The Hill on the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Disabilities Treaty (CRPD):

Today, people with disabilities in the United States have made great advancements made possible by the Civil Rights Movement.  Discrimination against people with disabilities is broadly outlawed in education, employment, housing, transportation, etc.  People with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities from around the world have watched as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was implemented in the 1970s and as the Individuals with Disabilities Act became law and then as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990.  In fact, with the passage of the ADA, the United States became the first country in the world to adopt national civil rights legislation banning discrimination against people with disabilities in the public and private sector.  People from around the world who travelled here saw the changes our country was making and were amazed.  We had become the gold standard, and other countries aspired to be just like us.

In the years after enactment of the ADA, people with disabilities and governments around the world began meeting and discussing an international treaty that would require other countries to protect the rights of disabled people, much as we do in the United States.  In 2006, these discussions culminated in the Disabilities Treaty, which is based on the principles of non-discrimination and inclusiveness that underlie our own ADA.  Today, 147 parties have ratified the Disabilities Treaty.  Surprisingly, we in America have failed to do so.

For the full post: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/210835-from-the-civil-rights-act-to-the-disabilities-treaty

Photo of 8 people with the Capitol building in the background in Washington, DC. Three people are using wheelchair users. Two people are holding signs that read: "Nothing about us without us" and "Vote Yes for CRPD."

 

Follow Judith Heumman on Twitter: @IntDisability

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAHeumann

For more on the Disabilities Treaty: http://www.disabilitytreaty.org

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Disability History: John Holland, Denver, CO

It’s Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history public and accessible. Scott Cooper recorded and collected over 1,300 video interviews from disability leaders across the country since 2005. Check out a video uploaded on July 24, 2010:

John Holland of Denver, Colorado speaks about working at the forefront of disability civil rights law as he protested and advocated alongside Wade Blank.
 John became involved in disability issues through his daughter Anna, a chair user who grew up in Wade Blank’s Atlantis community. John has been a vocal activist for improved housing for people with disabilities, accessible transportation, and other critical disability issues; he current has a law office in Denver that specialize in nursing home abuse.

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It’s Our Story

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/pinedafoundation.org/ios/home

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itsourstoryproject

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PowerPassionPride?ref=ts

Email: ItsOurStory@gmail.com

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People We Love: Lydia Brown, Washington, DC

The New Idealist recently published ‘The Autism Issue.’ Lydia Brown writes about the future of the autistic rights movement. As with disability rights in general, there’s a long road ahead.

There are many issues of grave importance to the autistic community. We face significant barriers to accessible housing, inclusive education, meaningful employment, or even life-saving medical care. Organizations like ANI, ASAN, the Autism National Committee, and the Autism Women’s Network have fought on all of these issues. But until it is possible for autistic children to be born into a world where they cannot be murdered with impunity, it’s hard to say we’ve made too much progress yet.

To read the entire article: http://theintelligentreview.com/the-long-road-ahead-for-the-autistic-rights-movement-by-lydia-brown/


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Lydia Brown is a queer, disabled activist whose work focuses on hate crimes, police brutality, prisoner abuse, and other violence against disabled people. Lydia is president of the Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective, board member of TASH New England, and Disability Affairs Undersecretary for the Georgetown University student government. Lydia was formerly Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership and project assistant for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Website: http://www.autistichoya.com

Twitter: @autistichoya

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Autistic.Hoya

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/autistichoya/feed

Tumblr: http://namelessthingsdismantle.tumblr.com

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/autistichoya/

Black and white photo of a group of students in large wheelchairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 23, 1922

Disability History: Students with Disabilities, New York City, 1922

Came across this article a while ago from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on their accessibility efforts. I was struck by a photo they included in their post.

 

Black and white photo of a group of students in large wheelchairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 23, 1922

A group of students with disabilities visiting the Museum’s Cast Collection galleries, Wing B, Gallery 40. Photographed November 23, 1922 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Read more:

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/office-of-the-director/digital-media-department/digital-underground/2014/met-parsons-workshop

 

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#DisabilitySolidarity Twitter Conversation: August 22, 2014

Moderated by Ki’tay Davidson on August 22, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 pm and co-hosted by other disability activists, the goal of the conversation is:

Our goal is to hold our ‪#disability rights organizations accountable to supporting & advancing ‪#racialjustice. We are committed to centering love, respect, solutions & liberation throughout this dialogue. We are committed to centering love, respect, solutions & liberation throughout this dialogue.

They define Intersectional Justice to “mean no individual/community lives a single-issue struggle; we must affirm all experiences”

Disability Solidarity is defined as: “disability orgs embodying ‪#intersectionaljustice; voicing and acting to support and advance racial justice”

Here are just a few tweets from the conversation that we love.

Check out all the #DisabilitySolidarity tweets here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/disabilitysolidarity?f=realtime&src=hash

Twitter: @KitayDavidson

Twitter: @dissolidarity

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Guest blog post: Interview of Aimee Elber by Cheryl Green

Filmmaker and activist Cheryl Green recently interviewed Aimee Elber on July 26, 2014 during the City of Portland ADA 24th anniversary celebration held at Matt Dishman Community Center. Cheryl Green is a media partner of the Disability Visibility Project and we appreciate her continual support!

Below is are some excerpts of Cheryl’s interview:

Aimee Elber on Disability Storytelling

Right now, I work with people with disabilities at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon, and my job there is to serve students with disabilities and help them get accommodations in the classroom. So my experience continues to support me and my goal of serving others with disabilities in the community, being an advocate and an agent of change and someone who is striving for social justice around these issues. My hearing loss is one part of my disability, but I also have the experience of living with others who have disability. And so what I bring to the table is a diverse range of experience and opportunity and understanding around these issues.

Well, this is interesting. I could probably honestly say that I have been offered employment because of my disability. With me, I see my disability as a strength in certain areas. I am somewhat proficient in American Sign Language, which is actually an asset in my field. And so when there’s that little box at the bottom of the application that says “Are you a person with a disability, are you a veteran,” you know, “are you a minority?” I’m able to check one of those boxes that I do have a disability. And it helps me to bring awareness to my colleagues about disability and access and accommodations in the workplace. So I think it’s been helpful for me. It’s gotten me places. I’ve embraced it as a part of who I am and used it to my advantage.

Someone recently asked me, they said, “Oh! You had a hearing loss, and you’ve had that all your life. Was it hard as a kid?” And I said, “Yeah. You know, there were times where I was embarrassed of my hearing aids, the large over the ear.” You know, every kid in junior high has some self-image issue going on. So that was mine. But as a adult, my hearing loss’s become a part of me just like if people were to say, “Aimee has brown hair and blue eyes.” It’s just who I am. So for those who have an acquired disability, it’s not who they are. It’s something new. It’s different. It’s a change. And it can be disabling, or it can be a part of who you are. It depends on how you learn to accept and accommodate and work with and understand all of that. And neither way is good or bad. It’s just how it works.

So I would say I think there’s value in hearing the stories of people with an acquired disability. They have a different perspective that is important for us to hear. At the same time, I think there’s value in those that’ve grown up with a disability or have had it for a long time. And I think that the answer is to meet in the middle and come together and share stories as a group together, and to open up the lines of communication for understanding and collaboration.

I think it’s important to recognize, though, that there’re certain communities that have been oppressed in the disability world. And because of that oppression, sometimes we become guarded. And I think that there is value in understanding and recognizing hey, yeah, you get it because you’ve dealt with it too.

For the entire interview: http://whoamitostopit.com/2014/08/07/aimee-elber-on-disability-storytelling/


 

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Aimee Elber, Coordinator at the Disability Resource Center, Clackamas Community College

Aimee Elber is a Coordinator at the Disability Resource Center, Clackamas Community College.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/aimeeelber


 

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Cheryl Green, a writer, director, filmmaker and founder of StoryMinders.

 

 

Cheryl Green

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylgreenstoryminders

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CherylVerde

StoryMinders: http://storyminders.com

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