Life with a disability will be front and center on television this summer as a new reality show focuses on four women who just happen to be in wheelchairs.
The show, “Push Girls,” follows a group of Los Angeles-area friends through the trials and tribulations of dating, having kids and establishing their careers.
The show’s stars all have paralysis — either as the result of a car accident or an illness — after starting life able to walk.
In keeping with the traditions of reality TV, they each have strong personalities. Auti Angel, for example, is a dancer, rapper and actress who’s trying for a baby while Angela Rockwood is a model who’s dealing with her recent separation from her husband.
Rather than focus on their disabilities, however, the women say they want people to see how typical their lives really are.
“Plenty of people have no idea what it’s like to spend the day in the life of someone with a disability, let alone a spinal cord injury. How do we get in and out of a car? How do we go to the bathroom? How do we go grocery shopping? How do we get in the shower, how do we get dressed?,” said Tiphany Adams, one of the show’s stars. “I thought it was a brilliant idea for the world to see that.”
“Push Girls” premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET on the Sundance Channel.