If a new reality TV series starring four outrageously gorgeous women sounds like more of the “same old, same old” — think again. “Push Girls,” which made its debut on the Sundance Channel earlier this week, differs from other bombshell-driven reality series such as the “Real Housewives” franchise in both its intent — and in the unique challenges faced by its four wheelchair-bound, female protagonists.
On one level, “Push Girls” simply strives to give people in Oregon and throughout the United States an honest glimpse of what going through life with a SSI / SSD / DIB Overview is really like.
On another, it is hoped that the show will be able to challenge the common stereotypes and mistaken ideas about disability that are still held by many Americans — and bring about a wider change that could make life easier or at least more supportive to the country’s disabled citizens.
Over the course of its 14-episode first season, viewers will follow the lives of Tiphany Adams, Mia Schaikewitz, Auti Angel and Angela Rockwood as they tackle routine daily activities such as getting ready for work, exercising or filling up the gas tank or handle larger and more personal issues such as dating or pregnancy planning — all with a sense of grace, style, courage and even humor.
Through it all, the spirit of these four women remains strong and their can-do message about living with a disability an inspiring one. Says Adams, it’s all “about showing you that we are courageous and we still have power and that enthusiasm for life.”
Source: The Associated Press, “‘Push Girls’ tries to dispel notions about the disabled,” Sandy Cohen, June 1, 2012.