BBC show challenges perceptions of disability

A BBC documentary featuring six people with physical disabilities travelling across Vietnam has been widely applauded.

  Credit: BBC Described as ‘inspiring’ and ‘amazing’, the two-part series Without Limits: Vietnam sees the travellers take on the 900-mile journey through Vietnam, a country still suffering the legacy of war with high numbers of disability from unexploded bombs. The programme challenges perceptions of what it means to live with disability today and highlights some of the more hidden aspects of disability and emotional challenges. Organisation Scope said on Twitter it is 'loving' the programme. Sense volunteer Louise Halvey, who has progressive hearing loss, is one of the six participants taking part in the programme. Other members of the group include Vicky Balch, who lost her leg after the rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers in 2015, and Mary Russell, who was born with achondroplasia (the most common type of dwarfism) and has struggled with depression and low self-esteem. Three men make up the rest of the group. Olympic wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown was paralysed from the chest down 12 years ago; Charlie Lewis had his right leg amputated after a snowboarding accident; and Andy Slade lost his arm in an industrial accident and is now the UK’s fastest one-armed man on a motorbike. The first episode of Without Limits: Vietnam can be viewed on BBC iplayer and the second and final episode is on Thursday at 8pm on BBC One.
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