Ability & Diversity
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair a fact that doesnt, shed like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into inspiration porn.
Here are additional TedTalks on the topic of disability from a variety of engaging speakers.
The GCC Library hosts an online documentary film collection with a lot of great content from major publishers including PBS, ABC, BBC, TedTalks and more. This collection showcases some of the videos Films on Demand has covering disability topics.
What does it mean to be disabled and how does it shape an artists work? This documentary explores what is known as the disability art movement, following five artistsincluding a painter, a writer, an actor, a theater director, and a filmmaker, all of whom happen to have physical disabilitiesthrough their creative work. Intense group discussions of artistic and personal goals are also recorded. Dispelling the myth of tragic disability, the film depicts its subjects as, first and foremost, creative people. The result is a profound look at, and celebration of, the act of making artviewed through the lens of disability and the rejection of its stereotypes. (49 minutes)
This film explores the line between ability and disability and goes beyond the preconceptions of one of the most mysterious and challenging disorders of our time. It tells the stories of love, family, work and friendship of four autistic adults.
Governments, educators, families and public health officials face mounting challenges in dealing with autism as the prevalence in the U.S. continues to grow. In the sixth and concluding segment in his "Autism Now" series, Robert MacNeil explores these issues and possible solutions in a roundtable with four autism researchers and advocates. Original broadcast date: April 25, 2011
Often viewed as a weakness, dyslexia actually means that a person processes information differently, and many with the disorder have learned to see it as a strength. This program illustrates the challenges faced by Amanda, Carmen, and Giothree young people living with dyslexiathrough personal interviews with them and those close to them. Viewers are guided into their unique and often overlooked world, made clear through eye-opening scenes at school and home. Produced by filmmakers who are themselves dyslexic, the film serves as a tool for educating others about dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, and for identifying a common vocabulary that can bridge the gap between those with and without learning disabilities. A viewable/printable instructors guide is available online. (58 minutes)
Disability Rights Movement
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