You may see attendees in motorized wheelchairs at comic-book and fandom type conventions, but if you see some extreme cosplay going on, there’s a good chance that the organization Magic Wheelchair was involved.
Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization that was created by Christine Getman along with Ryan Weimer, has a hand in creating many intricate costumes that blend with wheelchairs for people with disabilities who want to participate in cosplay, SyFy Wire reported.
Getman has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and uses a wheelchair, and both Weimer’s children have the disability as well.
Magic Wheelchair works with children across the United States to commission builders to make hand-made costumes built around their wheelchairs, therapy dogs and assistive technology.
Getman says the process blends imagination and fandom with all the tools these kids use in their daily lives and creates a space in geek culture for everyone.
As a child, Getman had a costume that let her become Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and was excited when she realized that a mermaid can’t walk, either. Her other costumes included a Diet Pepsi box.
She loved music and video games and anything outer space.
If she had time to think about herself and what kind of costume she would like at this point in her lifes, she said she would maybe like to make an appearance as the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland or Barbarella, a futuristic space adventurer, and her ship.
Magic Wheelchair matches volunteer builders with kids in their community, and builders are matched with a Magic Wheelchair build mentor and provided access to online courses.
“The more we can raise awareness for inclusion and diversify accessibility within cons and cosplay, the more we will be able to learn and connect to our geeky tribe on a deeper level,” Getman said. “It’s cathartic for everyone. Ultimate inclusion will change the world!