Titles tagged 'disability':
Off the Rails
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Aspergers syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and train conductors and driving their routes.
It seems like two separate realms. One is occupied by acclaimed dancers from Brooklyn’s legendary Mark Morris Dance Group, the other by people with Parkinson’s disease. Capturing Grace is about what happens when those two worlds intersect. Filmed over the course of a year, this remarkable documentary reveals the hopes, fears, and triumphs of this newly forged community as they work together to create a unique performance.
Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora. One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed (the deadliest bombing in Argentina’s history).
Music by Prudence
It was only a few years ago that Liyana was born – as a class project. Even with the challenge of working in teams, in barely an hour, Liyana had produced four great tunes. From the start they had a special knack for communicating musically through various subjects and musical styles, including gospel, reggae, and traditional Shona music.
Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge
Pennhurst is a story of segregation, abandonment, and the meaning of home as told by the people that lived in, worked at, and crusaded for one of the largest and oldest Intellectual and Developmental Disability Institutions in the United States.
The facility, in its closing, challenged society's perception of those with intellectual disabilities and ultimately fought for better rights, rights that are still being fought today.
My Beautiful Stutter
1 in 20 children stutter. Many will stutter for life, facing bullying, stigmatization, emotional and sometimes physical violence, all at the hands of classmates, teachers, family members and society at large.
Many hide, shut down, rigorously work toward fluency, or develop tricks to mask their stutter. Some, driven to despair, attempt to take their own lives. Their story has never been told. Until now.
Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story
At the age of seven months, Christopher Rush was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his parents were told he would be “no more than a dishrag, and dead by the age of two.” Christopher lived to 30, and in that time he achieved more than most able-bodied people do in a lifetime including becoming the first quadriplegic in the United States licensed as a scuba diver.
Buried Above Ground
BURIED ABOVE GROUND follows three Americans who are fighting ongoing battles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Luis, a combat veteran and author who has emerged as a leading advocate for PTSD awareness; Erundina, a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence who has battled addiction and relapse for many years; and, Ashley, a New Orleans resident whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and returned to confront the aftermath.
Joanne Lara MA, Speaker, educator and autism expert is the founder of Autism Movement Therapy ® and her successful Aut-erobics® DVD, is the first movement & music instructional DVD of its kind to incorporate innovative interhemispheric
sensory integration strategies (neuro-plasticity) using movement and music. Designed to unlock and improve communication,cognitive & academic skills as well as increase social & behavioral awareness skills in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
When I Walk
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened.
Hollywood Beauty Salon
HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON portrays life at an intimate beauty parlor inside of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health program in Philadelphia, where staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery.
Our Time Machine
When artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets.
Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.
Autism: Disability or Gift? Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts 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.
Baring It All
When his friend loses her breast to cancer at age 32, fashion photographer, David Jay deals with it the only way he knows how, by taking her picture. The implications are wider reaching than he ever imagined. "Baring it All" follows David Jay on an excursion from his life as fashion photographer into a world of young women scarred by breast cancer. Determined to restore their faith in life and their own beauty, Jay creates a photographic series of young survivors, aged 18 to 35. The portraits are beautiful yet challenging. The result is cathartic and empowering.
Shooting Beauty tells the inspirational story of an aspiring fashion photographer named Courtney Bent whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities. Shot over the span of a decade, this film puts you in Courtney's shoes as she overcomes her own unspoken prejudices and begins inventing cameras accessible to her new friends. Courtney's efforts snowball into an award-winning photography program called "Picture This"
Operation: Emotional Freedom
A documentary featuring the successful treatment and follow-up of a group of volunteer veterans and their families diagnosed with complex PTSD, the film tracks the history of six combat veterans from the Vietnam, Gulf and Iraq War conflicts beginning with their exposure to an alternative to drug and talk therapy and over the course of two years after their treatments.
When We Walk
New Yorker Jason DaSilva is facing the life-changing decision of whether to relocate to Austin, Texas to be closer to his young son who has moved with his mother following their recent divorce. Facing a rapidly progressing form of multiple sclerosis and experiencing a swift decline in his motor skills, Jason soon learns that the harsh restrictions of the US Medicaid system would prevent him from accessing the services he needs to live life as fully as possible, and from being the dad he wants to be for his young son.
INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.
When a naïve pre-med student gets her first job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever.