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A Talk with Margot Cole


Crip Video Productions’ mission is to make short independent films that increase understanding of disability through engaging characters and story telling. The films are created by people with disabilities for everyone to enjoy. All films are written, directed, and produced by Margot Cole. She collaborate with able bodied people and people with a variety of disabilities for the sake of simply telling a good story. The mostly work with people who have physical disabilities. And do best to make the films accessible by adding open captions to the films for the deaf and hard of hearing.



Here are the direct links to the films.

“Drama Sighted” http://cripvideoproductions.com/dramasighted.php


“Only Those Who Limp Allowed” http://cripvideoproductions.com/limpallowed.php


“Crips Not Creeps” http://cripvideoproductions.com/cripsnotcreeps.php




A Talk with Dominick Evans



Dominick Evans is in his early 30s. Born in Ohio, he grew up a child of the 80s and 90s, with a love for music, film and immensely enjoying the culture of his youth. An avid singer, Dominick started taking voice lessons in 1990. He was taught to sing, at age 2, by his grandmother, Noonie, a former singer on the radio. Dominick wanted to be an actor for many years and he took acting classes through the Toledo Franciscan Life Center, his high school, and Bowling Green State University. He was in several musicals throughout his youth and even performed as the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, his high school musical.

In 2003, Dominick was forced to leave Wright State University, where he was studying Theatre and Political Science, following an injury that left him stuck in bed on and off for seven years. In 2010, he returned to Wright State, after eight years in Michigan. He briefly attended the University of Michigan (Flint campus) where he spent a year studying Theatre and Acting. When he returned to Wright State, he changed his major to Motion Pictures Production and set out to receive a degree as a filmmaker. Dominick will receive a BFA in Motion Picture Production in May 2014 and a BA in Political Science shortly thereafter.

Dominick is an avid filmmaker, who just completed his first film, Trip. He is in pre-production for his next film, Inamorata, and has feature film scripts in development. Dominick loves to direct films and works exclusively with his writing partner, screenwriter, Ashtyn Law. Dominick lives with his adorable shih-tzu, Molly Mae Evans.

Dominick is a passionate human rights activist who has extensive experience fighting for the rights of the disability and LGBT communities. A trans advocate and spokesperson, he is committed to helping the world understand and accept trans identified individuals. He is also an environmentalist who loves to eat organic and fights to free whales and dolphins from captivity.


A talk with Christina Ranieri

983686_10154192534385434_1591784660155487032_nChristina has a long history of involvement with the persons with disabilities community and is a person with disabilities as well. She is a graduate of Algonquin College in the General Arts and Science program as well as the Crisis Management/Human psychology program. She has also obtained accreditation as a Social Service worker and Developmental Service Worker. She then continued her education at Carleton University, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. At Algonquin College, Christina was on the Dean’s Honors list for Developmental Service Workers and at Carleton University she received awards including the John Teuscher award and Giovanni Caboto Scholarship award. Christina now sits as a member the board for Citizens with Disabilities (CWDO). She volunteers her time within the community and is involved with programs including the Make the Cut program, Slice, Walk N Roll fundraiser, All hands on Braille camp for kids and the Jewish Family Services as a program assistant as well as fundraising for her own program, Christy’s Integration, Skills, Daycare and Educational Programs for Persons with Disabilities – otherwise known as CISDEP. She now sits as the President of the Board of Directors with her recently incorporated company, CISDEP, which she founded and owns.

A talk with Paul Brailer

Paul Brailer

Paul Brailer

My Paul Brailer, a black-belt from the Art of Karate in Barberton, Ohio and the creator of Criptaedo, a new martial art designed to educate the community of people with disabilities on self-defense and fitness.

He hasn’t always had high self-esteem and confidence. Being born with spina-bifida, growing up was difficult. kids picking on me and doctors, teachers and caregivers discouraging him from new experiences or anything that they perceived would hurt. This led to a low self-esteem and self-image which followed into adulthood. As an adult, he looked for the approval of others. When Paul Reached his 30s, he lost a few of my friends from poor health in a short amount of time. This got him thinking…how could he0 stay active and healthy and be able to defend myself if he had to? Then one day, a chance meeting changed everything.

He saw a lady named Heidi wearing an Art of Karate T-shirt and started talking and she didn’t assume that his disability meant he couldn’t do karate, which was a BIG self-esteem boost. She invited Paul to the school to watch a class. He signed up and 4 years later, the first person in the school born with a disability that achieved black-belt!

Paul had to modify what the instructors were teaching the ambulatory students to fit his abilities. For example: for a front kick, do a palm-heel strike and for a round-house kick, use an elbow-strike. His skills have had gone through real-life trials as well. Instead of being a victim of a mugging attack, he
was able to defend myself. The assailant, probably realizing Paul was not the easy target he assumed, fled the scene. But he left Paul0 with a desire to teach these skills to others.

In the summer of 2012, two of my friends——and he started talking about self-defense for people with disabilities. Jokingly, said we should call it Criptaedo. They liked it and so the name stuck.

Since then he have done numerous speaking engagements with demonstrations, have been to subject of multiple articles and have produced instructional You-Tube videos like the following. In October of 2013, Criptaedo became a non-profit 501c3 organization.


A talk with the Cruising Cripples

Cruising Cripples

Started in the fall of 2007, The Cruisin’ Cripples began as an internet radio show, focusing on disability issues and awareness, while adding their own brand of humor to the airwaves. The Cruisin’ Cripples had the honor and privilege to interview a number of different celebrities and amazing “every day” people with great stories to share. The Cruisin’ Cripples we’re also invited to participate in a number of various charity events for causes which they hold dear. It was through these events they decided to focus their time and energies on the disabled community, and leaving it better than they found it.

Although officially The Cruisin’ Cripples have only been an entity for 5 years and counting, their existence can trace back over fifteen years. Kevin “KB” Brown and Josh Green first met each other in the fall of 1996, when Philadelphia started its first junior wheelchair basketball program. While neither decided to stick with basketball long after their junior careers ended, it’s safe to say without those experiences, The Cruisin’ Cripples and what they’ve set out to accomplish, would have never materialized.

Realizing how far the disabled community has come in the past twenty five years or so is very humbling and encouraging. Enter The Cruisin’ Cripples in its current incarnation, with the help of other like minded people and organizations, it is our goal to see that one day every
single person, regardless of their physical or mental limitations will all have equal rights.




Down Design

Karen Bowersox

Karen Bowersox

Karen Bowersox started Downs Designs four and half years ago. She has a granddaughter who was born with Down syndrome and as she grew her pants and sleeves were always too long. After looking for something for her to wear online, She realized that there was nothing specifically designed for a person with Down syndrome. Her mind wouldn’t stop thinking about this issue and started researching how this could be done. She started with jeans as the first item of clothing. The challenge of designing just jeans was overwhelming and each age group took about one year to design, manufacture and get shipped. All the jeans give people confidence and empower independent dressing. Who would have thought that just a pair of jeans could make a such difference in someone’s life?