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Experiencing NYC in a Wheelchair.

Hi guys, last week was a pretty exciting one! I went to New York for the Voge Fashion Runway show during NY Fashion Week which was such a dream come true for me. I also decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the city and work in other projects about inclusion, empowerment, etc, in the place that never sleeps.
I wanted to share with you my experience, the amazing collaborationss I did, the places I went to, the Fashion Show and accessibility in the city.

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View of the Show

I stayed at Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel in Soho, it was very nice and pretty accessible! They have lift to the lobby and wheelchair friendly rooms.

Mariana travelled from Brazil to there to meet me so we could film for the new youtube channel is coming soon called: gowomenplay. She is an entrepreneur with a dream of empowering women and also a great friend of mine. We explored some cute coffee shops and talked about the change we want to bring into the world. I can’t wait for you guys to see it! I also had the pleasure to work again with Kyle and Liam (from the Share Your Stroke of Genius project). I filmed for my Youtube channel and we got some pictures around the city and decided on a few new steps, so there is much exciting content coming up and I know you guys are going to love it!

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Share Your Stroke of a Genius

I travelled all around New York. I went to Times Square where you feel like everything is possible and  I also visited the Statue of Liberty. It was great; the boat that takes you there has a big space for wheelchairs. It is super accessible and I really recommend it! And you cannot go to NYC without going for a roll in Central Park. I must say a big thank you to Junior for being the guide/photographer and friend on this trip.

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Statue of Liberty NY

I went to Central Station to take photos and ended up having a great unexpected collaboration with W Magazine!! How crazy is that?!  I can’t wait to see the pictures from this one too.

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Collaboration with W Magazine

I crossed the bridge to Brooklyn for a collaboration with GV @gv_bkent and met his producer James @atruthmusik for a podcast with them, it was my first experience in a studio and it was a pleasure to meet him and share experiences. This type of experience are very constructive.

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Recording with James – GV producer

Let’s talk accessibility! In general the level of accessibility in New York is similar to London, you have some stations that are accessible but others in between that are not.  One thing that I can’t go without saying is that the signage inside the stations is just not great. You may easily get lost in there which is not acceptable. Street crossing is not perfect, one side is accessible but on the other side has a step which makes it very dangerous as also does London.

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Tube station NYC

About the Fashion Show!! I was modelling for Vinnette Grant, I absolutely loved the dress and all the pieces she designed. This fashion show was a part of an event held by Voge Fashion Runway. Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Mariana and Kyle for their friendship and positive thinking in making great changes in the world, Liam Alexander and Junior for the many amazing photos, and to Gunda Hafner, Rua Luja and Caroline London for the amazing outfits I wore on this trip that kept me comfortable and fashionable.

Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY
Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY

Now I am moving towards the nexts goals and I hope you are doing the same, nothing can stop you from doing something you love. Work hard and you can accomplish anything! I am putting a vlog on on my youtube channel very soon. Keep tuned. Any questions you might have about accessibility feel free to ask in the comments or on my social media.

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ADAPTDEFY! People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond

WHEELCHAIR USER MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

I hope 2019 has started well.  I am sure it will be the year of awareness about inclusion and more and more people will join our cause or start something good. Surprises are on the way. 

I mainly came here to talk about a project that was launched last week and I am so happy to be involved with.  It is called Adaptdefy. It is a podcast talking about disabled people and how they are living full lives.

This idea came from Mike Brown who lives in New Zealand and became a wheelchair user a few years ago. He spent many years as an alpinist and yachtsman. He is also an entrepreneur driven to do good in the world.

MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY WHEELCHAIR USER
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

He has  two current startup companies, adaptdefy and urigo and is the father of a 9 month old boy. Luckily for him he had inspirational disabled people to learn from and understand and develop different ways to do things. Social media is amazing in giving us the information we need and the motivation to live a more complete life. Mike is a husband, a father and an active guy that does not want to stop doing things. He is is willing to learn adaptive ways to to enable him to do activities and he will also share with us.

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MIKE BROWN – FOUNDER OF ADPTDEFY

We recorded a pod cast at the end of last year while I was on holiday in Brazil. I was overwhelmed to see the website and all the interviews he has put together showing so many fantastic experiences from many different  people.

The definition of Adaptdefiers is People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond and defied what they & others thought was possible

They included Joe Stone, Jezza Williams, Fillipe Kizu Lima, Darrul Tait, Tanelle Bolt and Ira Edwards.  You will have a taste of many activities such as fishing and skiing. 

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MIKE BROWN SKIING

I would love for you to hear my interview with an open heart and to listen to the podcasts of all these amazing people that are sharing their stories to give you information and change lives, and also to know more about Mike and his vision.

We hope we can help you and if you know someone that would benefit from this podcast don’t hesitate to share it. We are a strong community and as I always say “together we can”.

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ARE YOU AN ADAPTDEFIER? PICT BY MICHAEL ATKINSON

Website: https://adaptdefy.com

Ig: ADAPTDEFY

Talk with Marcela Turnage on Fashion and Representation

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Gunda Hafner
Pict by Piotropacki

Marcela was here in September and we did a photo shoot for Gunda Hafner with @Piotropacki. I think I talked about this  in a previous blog. It was a fun day and we captured some amazing pictures for the launch of Gunda’s new collection. Marcela, known  as ‘The Journey of a Brave Woman’ on Instagram, came to Europe to give a talk at the Rewalk conference in Germany and we decided that she should come a few days earlier so she could spend time with me and get to know London as my house is accessible. It was so fun to have her around. I could show her around and it looks like we are old friends and not only Insta followers. On the last day we decided to sit and film for you guys about the Rewalk and her experience ( I launched this film last month – Check it out) and we also decided to talk about fashion and representation. I put a film together of this talk that we did specially for you.

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Photo shoot team

Yesterday was Marcela’s birthday so I would like to share this blog to congratulation her on that. Marcela, you are doing great work. Keep being real, keep being  your authentic self and inspiring others. We love you hun.

I really hope you like it and please share for someone you think will like it and leave your comments, that are always welcome.

Much love. Sam

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International Disability Day Celebration- Adaptive Flight

Hi Guys

This week was the International Disability Day and I decided to fly to celebrate this important date. It was a way to call the attention to

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Samanta Bullock flying with Paramotor

the subject and to prove that we are capable of different and challenging  things.

It was a dream, something I had never done before and I always wished I could do. I strongly believe that when we want a thing so much we give the main idea to the universe and it was what I did, I started to talk with people and say it was something I would like to do, so it happened.

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Paramotor

We chose to fly at end of the day where we could see the sunset what was even more magical.  Capão da Canoa my city is a big city now and it was wonderful to see the city from that point of view, with all its buildings and the amazing beach. I wonder how it would be to fly at night time.

The interesting thing about this adventure is I have a friend in wheelchair that also lives here and he was there to see me, he said when we mey at first one day he would do, when i started to get ready he said, I will do it tomorrow, and when I finished my expereince he was ready to have his own. He was really up for it seeing another wheelchair user doing it made him so confident that he went for it. In less  than 10 min his wife and sister in law were at the beach to see him fly. It is why we need more adaptive sport or things to do. Social projects are of an amazing importance in these cases to arrange things for us to try and see what we really can do or what we like to do.

Thanks to Tutyboal, Ademir from Freedom Flight for arranging to me, Tuti and his team looked after me so well. It was one of the best experiences I have had. His IG is @freedom_fly_paramotor

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Capao da Canoa Beach – RS- Brazil

I also must to say thanks to my mum for filming the vlog, to Lawson Filho for the amazing pictures, his IG is @lawsonfilhofoto and Loja Nara Nubia for the outfit of the challenge, her shop is amazing with an enormous variety of clothes, check her out on IG as @lojanaranubia.

The actually flight  was around 15 min, looks like it is longer. Intook my phone with me and we kissed the sky. It will be something for sure I will try again. I hope I could inspire you to try it, if not it something similar but will take you out of your comfort zone. I am sure you can live a more fulfilled life find what make you happier and more complete.

I will make a vlog soon and will leave you guys with this amazing view of Capāo da Canoa also I will add more pictures on my Gallery here on my website.

Much love Sam