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One to watch: 'The Disability Paradox' - BBC One - 09/11/20

Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,659

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Just a heads up that this will be screening on BBC One on 9 November 2020.

Here's a link to the BBC website information that tells us:

This new film explores fundamental questions about what makes us happy and how we can improve the quality of our life. Non-disabled people often take a sympathetic, even pitying view of those who are disabled. Disability can be associated with failure, dependency and weakness. There is an assumption that disabled people are therefore unhappy, miserable and even depressed. Scientific research, however, suggests that this couldn’t be further from the truth - disabled people consistently report a good or excellent quality of life, despite the perception of non-disabled people that their lives must be difficult and unhappy. It’s called the 'disability paradox'. 
38-year-old filmmaker Chris Lynch has osteogenesis imperfecta and has used a wheelchair since the age of 10. In this film, he interrogates this research, reflecting on his own experiences and examining if the disability paradox applies to him. On this very personal journey, he meets others living with various impairments to learn more about their experiences - are they as happy as the research suggests? Can you truly be happy if you are disabled?
Chris ultimately wants to look at quality of life and explores how this relates to body image, health and social norms. He meets Professors Havi Carel and Paul Dolan who explain some of the scientific research about what make us happy and provide some insights into how each of us could improve our own happiness.

I for one am looking forward to watching this and will give us all a reminder closer to the date :)

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