Mobility aids in movies

Mobility aids are not simply tools; they symbolize autonomy and independence. Despite their undeniable utility, societal biases have cast them as undesirable and steeped in social stigma over time. Individuals grappling with mobility challenges often delay embracing these aids for such reasons, despite the potential enhancement they offer to daily life.

In the quest to destigmatize mobility aids and prompt timely acceptance among those who require them, the media plays an important role. The film industry has made incremental progress in including disabilities in representation, signifying a notable advancement towards authenticity and equity. Recognizing its influential role in shaping societal perceptions and attitudes, the portrayal of disability in movies holds immense potential. By offering diverse and nuanced depictions of disability, integrating mobility aids in a natural and positive light, movies have the power to dismantle harmful stereotypes, nurturing empathy and fostering deeper understanding within communities.

Our Rollz Motion rollator recently made a notable appearance in the blockbuster film “The Great Escaper” (2023), starring Sir Michael Caine in the lead role. The movie depicts the heartfelt story of a war veteran escaping a nursing home to attent a war commemoration alongside his comrades, with the support of his rollator.

The inclusion of mobility aids in prominent film productions carries significant weight, as it helps promote inclusivity and diminish stigma surrounding such devices. It’s crucial to recognize that mobility aids serve a genuine purpose: enabling individuals to maintain their mobility and independence. And the movie industry should not stray from portraying this.

We hope to have piqued your interest in watching the movie and sharing our excitement. If you’re intrigued to also explore other productions, we’ve compiled a selection of films that feature characters using mobility aids, ensuring inclusivity in cinematic representation.

Most recent movies featuring mobility aids inclusion:

1.     “Roll with Me” (2017) – This documentary follows Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic man, as he embarks on a cross-country journey in his wheelchair to raise awareness about accessibility issues.

2.     “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (2018) – Based on a true story, this film portrays the life of cartoonist John Callahan, who becomes paralyzed in a car accident and learns to navigate life with a wheelchair and alcoholism.

3.     “The Upside” (2019) – A comedic drama about an ex-convict who becomes a caregiver for a wealthy quadriplegic man, exploring their evolving friendship and the challenges of living with a mobility aid.

4.     “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (2019) – A modern adventure story about a young man with Down syndrome who escapes from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, using a wheelchair for mobility.

5.     “Come As You Are” (2019) – A comedy-drama following three young men with disabilities who embark on a road trip to visit a brothel in Montreal, exploring themes of friendship, independence, and sexuality while utilizing mobility aids.

And while we celebrate strides in disability inclusion in film, let us remember that inclusion isn’t just about diversity on screen; it’s about recognizing the humanity and dignity of every individual, regardless of ability.

At Rollz, our mission centers on dismantling the stigma, driven by the belief that everyone deserves equal access to independence. The methods through which independence is attained should never hinder individuals from claiming their rightful autonomy.