The lately launched Season 7 of the Netflix collection Queer Eye options Ray “Speedy” Walker, who sustained a C8 spinal twine harm in a 2020 automotive accident and gained recognition sharing his story on TikTok. After being nominated for the present by his lecturers, he spends every week with the Fab 5, the present’s stars who give him a trend and life-style makeover. The expertise helped Walker discover confidence in his new disabled identification.
When Walker first seems on the present, lack of accessible housing is affecting his independence and high quality of life. He isn’t in a position to get into his home with out counting on others. As a result of his wheelchair doesn’t match by the toilet door, he should switch to 2 totally different chairs to entry the bathtub.
The Queer Eye staff rents Walker an accessible house for one 12 months, together with large doorways, a roll-in bathe and easy-to-reach home equipment. “Accessibility issues. [Nondisabled] individuals wouldn’t perceive what we undergo. Switching from someplace that was very inaccessible to accessible was a reduction. It took quite a lot of stress off of me,” he says.
One other key second is assembly Wesley Hamilton, a wheelchair person featured on a earlier season of the present. After buying an SCI from gun violence, Hamilton began the group Disabled However Not Actually to advertise adaptive health, and was one in all three recipients of the $1 million Craig H. Neilsen Visionary Prize in 2021. Walker stated connecting with Hamilton gave him a confidence increase.
“It was good to have him perceive the struggles and the hardships that I used to be going by. I used to be coping with social anxiousness, and he was like, ‘Man, you gotta give individuals one thing to take a look at.’ I really feel like I took that recommendation. And I simply be happy,” he says. “Wesley is a superb man, like my massive brother. We’re nonetheless in contact.”
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Since showing on the present, Speedy is targeted on rising his TikTok presence and spreading of incapacity consciousness. He makes movies on driving, transferring and figuring out in a wheelchair.
“After I was first injured I didn’t know what all this was. I simply need to present those that life can change in a cut up second. I need to present each [nondisabled] individuals and disabled those that something is feasible.”