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Arthrogryposis Sufferer Points To Film As A Therapy For Her Disability

In the course of recording a few interviews with Ruth Merry about her book ‘Enabled‘ which charts some of her wheelchair bound adventures, we came across a very interesting subject – how film is a key therapy in coping with her disability.

Ruth was born with arthrogryposis which effects her movement, especially in her legs. It hasn’t stopped her taking on many things in life that her able bodied friends find amazing. She has represented her country at skiing and swimming and the book Enabled tells the story of her attempt at becoming the first disabled lady to tackle the bobsleigh. In this video Ruth talks about the importance of film. Her book Enabled is available from all good bookstores, online via Amazon and soon on Amazon Kindle and iBooks.

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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Disability


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Disabled lady with Arthrogryposis attempts to be first wheelchair bound person to tackle the bobsleigh

Ruth Merry was born disabled with Arthrogryposis and has spent her life in a wheelchair. An avid swimmer and skier Ruth’s dream, was to one day tackle the Bobsleigh. She knew of course that it was impossible and not only did you have to be able bodied, but physically fit as well. No way someone with a disability like hers could attempt that – or was there?

A chance joke with a friend at work suggesting that instead of organising sponsored runs and swims, something more exciting could be organised and her friend decided to contact all the bobsleigh tracks in the world

This is the incredible true story of how a chance comment to a friend led to the olympic Bobsleigh track in Innsbruck in Austria. This story is told from two perspectives – Ruth as the disabled traveller and her friend Steve who made the trip with her. Fascinating and worrying insights into the challenges facing those in wheelchairs. This thought provoking and heartwarming story shows how the human spirit can overcome the incredible odds.

The book also includes the amazing story of Amar Latif the blind person that won the Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year Award and founded the travel company Traveleyes.



The book is available with free delivery worldwide from Book Depository and all other good bookstores across the UK and USA.

All royalties from the book are paid to the UK’s leading mobility disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.


Posted by on March 26, 2010 in Disability


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