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Disability Awareness: Video & DVDs
This guide includes links to disability history and current information on disability. Designed for Washington State Disability History Month. The guide is a sample of the materials available. Check with the librarians for additional resources.
Keyword search for disabilities. There are other DVDs on specific disabilities by name.
Don't Look Down on Me. YouTube
A documentary I made about my experiences in New York City as a little person. This was a part of the "Media Enabled Musketeers" Program that I was a part of through DCTV funded by the Eurasia Foundation and State Department. It was a program that took different independent filmmakers passionate about disability issues and gave them the resources to create meaningful films. Thank you so much to all those involved with the program!
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was born in Ghana with a deformed right leg, but he beat incredible odds and became a hero after riding a bicycle across the nation with only one leg. He helped bring political and social change to Ghana. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey.
Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, The Hammer tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. But through sheer determination, he uses his 'perceived' disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship, but an inspirational force to both hearing and deaf alike.
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.
Follow one woman's journey as she tries to help her severely autistic son break out of his own mind. Traveling to the United States from her home in Iceland to try to learn more about this complex condition, she meets along the way other families who have similar situations and all are looking for some answers.
Deafened by a bomb blast in Vietnam, Richard returns home and discovers his life's calling: helping others with disabilities, including his fellow veterans. Along with his best friend Art, a wheelchair-bound rebel with a wicked wit, Richard fights for the rights of those whose voices can't always be heard. Based on the incredible true-life story of Richard Pimentel.
"Focusing on two people with disabilities--Terri and Danny, both of whom use wheelchairs--this video offers an in-depth look at many aspects of living with disability. It focuses on commonly held stereotypes and practical suggestions for interacting with people with disabilities, on the job and in everyday life. Since the video addresses the disabled person's need to be treated differently, but also the same as everybody else, it addresses the frequently overlooked "human" side of the Americans with Disabilities Act."