I am Andre H Arruda, Comedian, Actor, Disability Advocate who happens to be under 4 feet tall and drives a mobility scooter to get around. AMA I want to have an open discussion on Disability. This is your Chance to ask a 3 foot something man ANYTH...
I’ve been doing Stand up and Acting for over 10 years now. My comedy is mostly about the Ups and Downs of being an extremely short physically disabled man living in a world of giants!
A true story of me getting hit by a car on the way to go see Iron Man BTW The Fortress is the name of my scooter. Not Rascal!
Last Month Double K of KeyForkTV offered to secretly follow me around to document the kind of response I get from people when I am alone in public. Harassment Video
The Video to my surprise, attracted so much attention. Media outlets from Print, Radio and Television requesting interviews has been mind boggling to me! And hearing hundreds of similar accounts from disabled people all over North America, and some from Europe, in comments and e-mails was so overwhelming and in most cases heart breaking! The video has created a lot of discussion and opened eyes to people who would never even think that it was an issue.
Most People are often afraid to talk about disability in public. We’re taught from a very young age to ignore or sometimes mock what is different from us. We grow up feeling that asking questions will hurt and embarrass those who we think are worse off then us. So instead we whisper behind thier backs, laugh or feel sorry for people we don’t understand. I know I can’t speak for all disabled people but from my perspective and those I know personally, we don’t want special treatment. For the most part, we wan’t to be acknowledged, understood and heard, like any other group of people. Be it Race, Gender or sexuality.
This whole thing has inspired me to start a series called #AskAntigiant where I encourage people to ask me anything they want, from the most serious to the most silliest questions they can think of. Check out the link for more details #AskAntigiant
Shout out to Marie N @karmacakedotca of Nat&Marie @natandmarie (www.karmacake.com) For getting me in touch with Victoria to set up this AMA. Hopefully this can encourage more people to ask the questions they were always too afraid to ask. Lets keep this dialogue going!
PS. Apologies(I am Canadian) in advanced, my grammar is not the greatest and Spell Check can only take you so far!
This has Been so much Fun Thanks Reddit! Here's a special V-log for all of you Thanks Reddit!!!!
If you Have any more questions for me I'll answer in my web series coming out in 2015 #AskAntigiant
Just Tweet @Antigant with #AskAntigiant or e-mail me [email protected] with #AskAntigiant in the subject line.