The Entertaining Oddballz
DISABILITY INCLUSIVE EducATIONAL CHILDREN's PROGRAMMING
BE A FRIEND!
A POSITIVE IDENTITY
We believe that by providing free kids music online and kids music videos, accessible internationally via the Internet, The Entertaining Oddballz disability cartoon could change the perception of disability among young people worldwide so that disabled children are no longer ostracized in their communities but warmly accepted as peers and friends.
DISABILITY IN CHILDREN'S MEDIA
As of the 2010 census 1 in 5 Americans self-identified as disabled. Our kids see disability each day in their neighborhood, at school, ad among their friends. However, to this point representations of disabled children in media proportionately lag far behind the reality. We intend to change that by creating the first television show concept that includes representations of disability. One of the final frontiers of the civil rights movement, disability and the integration of disabled people into our society and its art are long overdue.
WHAT IS ODD?
"The Oddballz" name comes from the sports balls that come to life as our protagonist's playmates. Certainly, walking, talking sports balls are odd. And it is these characters, not our disabled protagonists, who make up "The Oddballz." Thus, we feel it's important for people not to leap to negative conclusions about our title and mislabel it as pejorative as it pertains to disabled persons. A second point to the title is to challenge the dichotomy of normalcy that has been erected around disability. With the concept, we ask: "What is normal? What color hair is normal? What color skin? What gender? What disability status?" All of us is unique in our own way, in a number of ways in fact. We are all different. Through the lens of diversity we came up with a way to celebrate our differences as a lyric from our theme song says, "We're all Oddballz!" Taking a stance of "no normal" allows children of all backgrounds and disability statuses to understand their own and all of our uniqueness and simultaneously maintain a sense of self-worth and legitimacy.