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Portraits of Emotion - The Story of an Autistic Savant
Portraits of Emotion is a feature length documentary film that follows over the course of four years the life of 14-year-old Jonathan Lerman, an artistic prodigy who is diagnosed with autism, a lifelong developmental disability that affects learning, communication and social interaction. While capable of drawing astonishing portraits that capture…
Home Of The Brave
Examination of society's changing standards for the assessment and care of people with intellectual disabilities, with a special emphasis on the declining role of institutional care. Awards Best Documentary - US ITVA Awards Best Social Documentary - British ITVA Awards
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…
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…
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…
Sons and Mothers: A Documentary About Love, Life, and Ability
Sons & Mothers is an intimate portrait of a group of men who meet once a week as part of the Men's Ensemble theatre troupe. Led by Alirio Zavarce, a Venezuelan born actor and theatre director, they embark on a year-long creative process to create a theatrical love letter to…
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…
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…
My Future, My Plan - A Transition Planning Resource for Life After High School for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
My Future, My Plan is designed to motivate and guide students with disabilities and their families as they being early transition planning for life after high school. Directed at students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), these materials promote positive attitudes, self-advocacy, and help make the transition planning process…
Who Am I To Stop It - Transformation After Brain Injury
A documentary film on isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury made by a filmmaker with disabilities from brain injury. It follows three artists as they navigate social isolation, stigma, and rebuilding their identities. They practice the arts to re-connect to their own sense of self-pride and to their larger…
Invitation to Dance - Disability in 21st Century America
Invitation to Dance is an eye-opening insider's account of disability in 21st century America. Simi Linton's story forms the narrative backbone of the documentary. The film traces both her personal growth as a disabled woman, and the larger historically significant developments around her over the past 40 years. Simi serves…
Autism in America
Autism in America: Putting the puzzle together, one beautiful piece at a time, is a genuine and straightforward look into the Autism Spectrum Disorder as told by the families and individuals living with Autism daily. Many parents are interviewed including Ruth Sullivan, Ph.D., the mother of a man named Joe…