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This documentary follows the lives of two children living with disability; one is an Australian and the other lives in a remote village in Thailand. Their stories reveal the unique and similar faced challenges by each family in two very different settings. Joshua Joshua is nine. He has many disabilities,…
The Whole Picture: Exploring Disability and Sexuality
The Whole Picture is a training resource that addresses the complex issue of disability and sexuality. It has relevance for a range of professionals including support workers, nurses and managers of residential and respite centres. It will also be of interest to disabled young people and their families. In the…
How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City - A Learning Disabilities Workshop
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This unique program lets viewers experience the frustration, anxiety, and tension faced by children with learning disabilities. Workshop facilitator Richard Lavoie presents a series of striking simulations emulating daily experience of LD children. Teachers, social workers, and parents, workshop participants, reflect upon how the workshop changed their approach to LD…
Generation A - Portraits of Autism and the Arts
This fim is a powerful depiction of the daily challenges faced by young people on the autism spectrum, and what creative therapies and art programs are available to stimulate the brain and help young people on the autism spectrum reach their highest potential. Through eight compelling portraits, GENERATION A celebrates…
Normal People Scare Me
Released in 2006, Normal People Scare Me has made its way around the world on a mother and son speaking and screening tour. The film was conceived by Taylor Cross -- an aspiring filmmaker with autism -- when he was 15. Co-created by Taylor and his mother, disabilities advocate and…
The Sandwich Kid - The Siblings of People with Disabilities
Disabilities affect not only those who are diagnosed, but they have a strong impact on the siblings of people with disabilities. THE SANDWICH KID seeks to give a voice to those who are impacted by the day-to-day living with a brother or sister having a developmental or other disability. The…
Freedom Machines
Freedom Machines, a PBS Special, dramatically explores the concept of "disability" through the intimate stories of adults and children who are using modern technologies to change their lives. The film asks: if people have access to the tools that can help them be fully functioning citizens at home, at work…
Embracing Dyslexia
In 2008 filmmaker Luis Macias learned that his eight-year old son, Alejandro, was dyslexic. Although diagnosed relatively early, Alejandro was held back in first grade due to poor reading and writing skills, which caused him countless homework battles and self-esteem issues. Macias decided to do what he does best, and…
Graduating Peter
Graduating Peter is the sequel to the Academy Award(r)-winning film Educating Peter. This inspiring and thought-provoking follow-up to the 1992 Academy Award-winning documentary Educating Peter highlights the experiences of Peter Gwasdauskis, a child with Down syndrome, in sixth grade, eighth grade, and high school as he adds speech therapy and…
Her Name is Sabine
An intelligent, moving and beautiful portrait of Sabine, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her sister, the famous French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. Through personal footage filmed over a period of 25 years, it is revealed that Sabine's growth and many talents were crushed by improper diagnosis and an inadequate care…
Portraits of Emotion - The Story of an Autistic Savant
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A New Kind of Listening - Disability Rights and the Power of Inclusive Arts
The story of a one-of-a-kind theater group and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life. The film follows the collaborative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group as its director inspires cast members, some with disabilities and unable…