Legacy of Lennox Castle
by Michael Mcewan on March 7, 2022 at 6:50 PM
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The shameful legacy of the former Lennox Castle Hospital.
This video features Dates-n-Mates Glasgow member Hughie McIntyre who bravely tells his harrowing story of living for 16 years in the former institution "I didn't know why I was there, or what I did to deserve this. C-Change CEO Dr Sam Smith also features in this video. Sam was involved in the decommissioning process of the hospital closure and in helping residents establish what they needed to move on. This was indeed the very origin of C-Change.
BBC The Nine
by Michael Mcewan on April 14, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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I was commisioned to do a piece for BBC Scotland channel on issues faced by someone with a disability going out for a night out.
Stuart Devlin, who has cerebral palsy, now carries a card to explain his condition after being refused entry because security staff assume he is drunk.
Interview on Scotland Tonight
by Michael Mcewan on July 9, 2018 at 7:05 PM
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I got to talk to STV Scotland Tonight , alongside Able Magazine’s Social Media Editor, Claudia Foxcroft about recent Britain’s Got Talent winner ‘Lost Voice Guy’ and what this means for empowering people with a disability.
The comedian, whose real name is Lee Ridley, will receive a £250,000 prize and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.
The top two spots went to disabled comedians: Robert White, who has Asperger’s, and the winner, Lost Voice Guy, who has cerebral palsy.
Both White and Ridley, didn’t shy away from disability as part of their acts, with Lost Voice Guy performing using an electronic voice box, focusing upon exposing skewered perceptions of disability and the awkwardness that surrounds non-disabled people’s interaction with it.
For the final, Lee said: “When I am performing, it’s as if I have finally found my voice – and it’s a great feeling making people laugh.”
Don't Judge a Book by it's cover
by Michael Mcewan on November 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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In 2009 I spent 9 months making a short film in partnership with Project Ability , a Glasgow based Visual Arts organisation. My film has achieved high critical acclaim, and was shown as part of the Disability Film Festival in the Glasgow Film Theatre . I was also nominated , and reached final 3 , for UK Based Flash Forward award in 2010.
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