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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…
ARTS: Possibilities, Disabilities & The Arts
Painting, drawing, writing, music, drama and other forms of arts are expressed beautifully by and through individuals with disabilities in Keri Bower's new film, ARTS. -- Sharing the power of the arts used to improve social, emotional, cognitive, expressive, and life skills in individuals with challenges is at the heart…
Worlds Apart: Together in Adversity
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,…
Twisted
Your brain is a station with millions of channels. One faulty signal and you can't control your body anymore. The problem is, no one knows which channel. And for people with dystonia, the search for the right signal puts them on the front line in cracking the code of the…
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…
I See Your Ability
Listen 2 the Kids as they talk about the inclusion of their friends with special needs in the classroom, on the playground and in the lunchroom. This brief study of the inclusion process in an exemplary elementary school accents the joys and challenges of everyday life. The culture of acceptance…
Intricate Minds - Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome
A series of three short videos addressing children and teens in the classroom with Asperger Syndrome and similar conditions.
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…
Siblings of Autism
Silblings of kids who have autism have unique perspectives on Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In this 30 minutes production these wise siblings ages 4-18 tell us about their frustration, their pain, their growth to acceptance and their exceptional loyalty to their siblings. Interspersed are brief interviews with some of the siblings…
Asperger Syndrome: Success in the Mainstream Classroom
This program offers proven tips and techniques for integrating students with Asperger Syndrome and similar conditions into a mainstream classroom. It includes interviews with Psychologist Jed Baker (Director of the Social Skills Project), regular and special education teachers, parents, an instructional aide, and a child study team case manager/social worker…
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…