Able to Laugh
An amusing and informative glimpse into the world of disability, as interpreted by six professional comics who have a variety of disabilities.
Takes audiences behind the scenes as a company of non-professional actors rehearse a play about life without sight. The performers have no problem imagining themselves in these roles: they are blind themselves.
Autism: A World Apart
The stories of three families show us what the textbooks and studies cannot - what it's really like to love and care for children with autism.
Autism: Warming to its Cold Embrace (New Release)
A personal journey into a child's autism diagnosis with filmmaker Robert Parish.
Bearing Witness: Luke Melchior
A year in the life of Luke Melchior, a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive wasting disease of the muscles.
Boy In The World
Following four-year-old Ronen, a young boy with Down syndrome, this intimate documentary concretely demonstrates that inclusive preschool classrooms benefit both children with special needs and their typical peers. It examines the nuts and bolts of successful inclusion as well as the challenges of educational practices that help all children to learn and to find their place in the world.
The Boy Inside
The distressing story of the filmmaker's son Adam, a 12-year-old with Asperger Syndrome, during a tumultuous year in the life of their family. AS makes Adam's life in seventh grade a minefield, where he finds himself isolated and bullied. As he struggles to find a place for himself, his troubles escalate, both at school and at home.
This provocative documentary tells the story of the conflicted relationship between two men coping with the consequences of severe, traumatic brain injury.
Academy Award winning portrait of poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, who contracted polio in childhood and spent much of his life in an iron lung.
The Burden of Knowledge
Seven couples, healthcare and genetic specialists, and others explore the ethical and emotional implications of prenatal testing for genetic defects.
Business as Usual
An international look at people with disabilities who have created successful businesses which provide employment, income, and self-reliance for themselves and others.
Introduces us to people with a variety of physical and developmental disabilities who participate in a outdoor sports including rock climbing, tennis, golf, and skiing.
Living with Spinal Cord Injury series: Looks at the process of coming to terms with a spinal cord injury, and the beginnings of rehabilitation.
Changing Identities: A Story of Traumatic Injury and Art
Each year, approximately 1.5 million people have their lives suddenly changed by brain and spinal cord injuries or stroke. Bill Richards has developed a studio program that doesn't see art just as a form of therapy, but as a means for participants to redefine who they are, and begin to see themselves not as people with disabilities but as artists.
A Culture Undiscovered
Explores the needs and experiences of college students, from diverse racial and/or ethnic backgrounds, who have learning disabilities.
Don't Give Up
A year in the life of a four-year-old who has autism, focusing on a special therapy program designed to break through Adrian's communications barriers.
Edges of Perception
Eleven-year-old Jessica has Stargardt's, an inherited eye disease. She is legally blind, but with the calm, determined support of her parents and teachers she attends a regular classroom, plays soccer, and is a serious runner. She wants to meet her inspiration, Marla Runyan, a legally blind Olympic runner who also has Stargardt's.
The filmmaker and three others born with facial deformities chronicle both physical pain and the pain of rejection, as well as the strengths that have enabled them to achieve successful adult lives.
James, a world champion kite flyer teaches Rory Heap, blind from birth, how to pursue his ambition for kite flying.
This film dramatizes the feelings of a withdrawn, depressed high school student with untreated, possibly undiagnosed learning disabilities. The teenaged filmmaker embodies each of the voices battling to control his behavior. Are these inner voices or the real voices of the people in his life: parents, teachers, school counselors, peers? Students will bring their own experiences and feelings to the discussion of this provocative trigger film.
Fragile X Family
Takes viewers inside the lives of a developmentally disabled family who are affected by Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited chromosomal disorder which is the second most common cause of mental retardation.
Front Wards, Back Wards
They were called idiots, simpletons and fools, and for 160 years Fernald State School America’s first institution for people who were then labeled mentally retarded was where they would stay. Through the recollections of staff, residents and families, this program profiles the evolution of our attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.
The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health
This compelling and evocative documentary profiles a unique program which uses the arts in an innovative treatment approach for people living with chronic, disabling physical and emotional challenges. It integrates technology, writing, music, theater, dance, and other arts into patient care, staff training, and wellness programs.
Healthlink Curriculum for Nurses and DVD (New Release)
A curriculum for nurses and nursing students about the needs of children and adults with disabilities who are medically fragile.
Technology, creativity, and flexibility are the keys to accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace.
The Hidden Face of Fear
Neuroscientists and psychologists are approaching a common understanding of how the brain's fear circuitry works, and changes.
How Come You Walk Funny?
Profiles a unique experiment in 'reverse integration': a school where non-disabled kids attend a kindergarten designed for children with physical disabilities. The kids and families tackle their differences and discover common ground through 'finding a way that all can play.'
How I Am
"I'm like a hermit on an island," is the way Patrick describes his life with autism. With the dreams and fears of a teenager, but wisdom beyond his years, Patrick takes us into his emotional world through the words he painstakingly types into his computer.
How We Play
For the people we see in this video, disabilities are a challenge, not an obstacle, to the enjoyment of vigorous outdoor sports.
In Our Midst
Neonatal intensive care units save thousands of infant lives each year. This film profiles a family whose children are all "graduates" of the NICU, and explores the impact of medical technology on their lives.
In the Middle
Documents the problems and joys experienced by a young girl with spina bifida, along with her parents and teachers, as she is mainstreamed into a Head Start program.
A profile of a successful and talented jazz singer who is also a wheelchair activist and advocate for disability rights.
Kiss My Wheels
Through an exhilarating season of training and competition, the members of a junior wheelchair basketball team deal with difficult issues, from gender conflicts to injury, illness, and thoughts of death.
Learning to Hear
This moving documentary explores the lives of two deaf women who have opted to have cochlear implant surgery that enables them to recover their hearing.
Left In Baghdad
After being discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a happy-go-lucky American soldier returns with his wife and daughter to their home in Kentucky.
Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
Documenting the least-known part of the civil rights movement, these are the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — labeled “mentally defective” — who were sent away to state institutions. It also features the voices of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who were left behind, as well as pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to change the system.
Living with Spinal Cord Injury Series
The producer, himself injured in a helicopter crash, brings a unique perspective to this classic three-part series on coming to terms with spinal cord injury. These films offer enduring proof that "a tough break doesn't have to mean a ruined life."
Login 2 Life (New Release)
Profiles seven people, two of whom are disabled, who spend most of their lives in online virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.
Two people with intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy are united in their commitment to each other and to living their lives with dignity and grace.
From trying to re-spark his romantic life with his wife Ettie to keeping his work going with his son Spencer, Tom Luckey wrestles with his new condition as a paralyzed person.
Mayor of the West Side
What happens when love gets in the way of letting go? As a teenager with multiple disabilities prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, his family and community consider what Mark's life will be like when they are no longer able to protect him.
Meet Us Where We Are
People with physical and developmental disabilities are frequent victims of crime, but the problem has been under-reported, and sometimes ignored by government and community agencies.
A Mind of Your Own
It's been estimated that every classroom has two or three kids with learning disabilities. This video profiles four courageous kids who don't let learning difficulties hold them back or get them down.
At 40, Robert Goldsborough fell out of a tree and broke his neck, becoming a quadriplegic. A professional musician before the accident, he expresses his frustrations and passions through the songs he writes using a voice-activated computer. While his faith and his musical partnership with David grow deeper, his relationship with Diane is seriously challenged…
More Than Horseplay
Explores the intersection of therapy and research, while offering a joyous look at the experiences of three children with cerebral palsy as they grow in self-confidence and physical capability through participation in "hippotherapy," a form of physiotherapy involving horseback riding.
Mothers of Courage
Bethany has multiple physical and developmental disabilities. Like thousands of dedicated parents, her mother has had to fight for years to get Bethany the medical and social services she needs.
For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. Now, in the midst of working on an important TV series, she finds she can no longer hide her symptoms. She's afraid this revelation may destroy her career and she'll also have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.
Not Just Surviving
Four women who have been living with Spinal Cord Injury for as long as 30 years discuss topics that include rehabilitation, healthcare, sexuality, parenting, menopause, and how to live day-to-day with hope.
Not on the Sidelines
Profiles four ordinary people whose lives were suddenly changed by injury or illness when they were teens or young adults. Challenging their disabilities, they have created new, active, and rewarding lives.
Nuestras Mas Fuertes Partidarias
(Our Own Best Advocates) Encourages breast self-examination for women with disabilities, using whatever arm and hand mobility they have, or working with family, partners, or personal care assistants. Dubbed in Spanish.
On the Spectrum
Adults living with Asperger syndrome describe the ways AS has affected their lives, their work and their relationships. They discuss learning to cope with the disorder and the comfort and reinforcement of participating with others "like them" in an Asperger's support group.
One of Us
Four stories about integrating people with developmental disabilities into our schools, churches, neighborhoods, and communities.
Our Own Best Advocates
Encourages breast self-examination for women with disabilities, using whatever arm and hand mobility they have, or working with family, partners, or personal care assistants.
Living With Spinal Cord Injury series: Looks at the lifelong process by which people with spinal cord injuries have created active and rewarding lives.
Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott
Judith Scott has Down syndrome, is deaf, and does not speak. Yet after 35 years of institutionalization, with the help of a sister who never gave up on her, she emerged to create a series of sculptures that have fascinated and mystified art experts and collectors around the world.
Parkinson's: Lynda's Story
Parkinson's disease is robbing Lynda McKenzie of normal coordination and movement. She's prepared to participate in a clinical study of surgery to transplant fetal cells directly into her brain, but she will have to live for a year not knowing whether she has received the actual cells or a placebo.
A Passion for Justice
Bob Perske, author of Unequal Justice, crusades for the legal rights of people with developmental disabilities including some who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit.
Renowned dancer Homer Avila lost his right leg and most of his hip to cancer. Following the creation of a pas de deux choreographed by Alonzo King, Phoenix Dance takes us on a journey of transformation and healing, challenging our expectations of what it means to be "disabled."
For Ed Marko, being an occupational therapist was “Plan A” but at the age of 20 he lost his eyesight. Plans B through E didn’t quite work out either, but by the time he got to F, he’d figured out his life’s work: running his own auto repair shop. Gruff and down-to-earth, Marko is an unlikely hero, but he demonstrates the power of reinvention when life forces a change of plans.
The autistic rights movement has challenged accepted views of autism, and worked to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see as the positive aspects of living with autism.
Principles & Practices of Building Community Special (New Release)
Seven sessions of training providing skills and education on some of the most important concepts of community inclusion.
This video introduces viewers to a remarkable young man born with Down syndrome and it is a powerful example of what can happen when a child is encouraged to develop to his full potential, regardless of others perceptions about his abilities. DVD version has both closed-captions and audio description.
From the 1950's through the 1970's, autism was widely blamed on cold and rejecting mothers. This film explores the devastating impact of this misdiagnosis through the stories of seven mothers and their children.
The Road From Kampuchea
The story Tun Channareth — Cambodian ex-soldier, landmine survivor and co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Price for his work to ban landmines.
Aims to share the everyday lives of families living with neuromuscular disorders.
From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this multi-faceted documentary explores the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder.
See What I'm Saying
As a deaf child from a hearing, Spanish-speaking family, learns signing, we also see growth in her confidence, self-esteem, and family relationships.
Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities
These two videos focus on meeting the needs of people with physical and developmental disabilities who have been victims of crime. Note: Audio-described as well as captioned.
A Sign of the Times
High school basketball player Diondre can't hear the shouts of coaches, teammates and referees, or the cheers of the crowd. Working with his school's sign-language interpreter, he's become a star.
Song of Our Children
The stories of four memorable children — from preschool age to high school — demonstrate the challenges, strategies, and benefits of educational inclusion for all. Meet teachers, administrators, parents, and students whose daily struggles and triumphs exemplify what inclusion really means and what it takes to make it work.
The Spectrum of Autism
Children with autism may display a wide range of symptoms. In this video, we share in the experiences of several families and professionals who care for children at different points on the spectrum of autism.
A comprehensive resource intended to aid stroke survivors and their caregivers during the ongoing recovery process.
Living With Spinal Cord Injury series: Explores the problems of growing old with a disability.
Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities
This top selling video is used to train staff and community about disability etiquette.
They Don't Come with Manuals
Parents and adoptive parents speak candidly of their day-to-day experiences caring for children with physical and mental disabilities. Despite outside resistance and ignorance, they offer compassion and hope to new parents facing these issues.
The Time is Now
People with physical and developmental disabilities are frequent victims of crime, but the problem has been under-reported, and sometimes ignored by government and community agencies.
Profiles two families exhausted by the struggle to provide all day, every day care for their developmentally disabled adult children at home, while simultaneously battling for the help and resources they need. How long can they do it alone?
Twitch and Shout
People with the sometimes startling symptoms of Tourette Syndrome contend with a society which often sees them as crazy, and with bodies and minds that won't always do what they're told.
Two Worlds — One Planet
This documentary brings Autism syndrome out of the shadows, stressing that young people with developmental disabilities can learn and grow, if their individual needs, styles, and abilities are respected. It takes an upbeat look at students attending a private day school.
Discusses the nature and symptoms of autism, and outlines a treatment program, based on behavioral modification, which can be used in schools or at home.
From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this powerful, unusual documentary gives voice to people with disabilities who are struggling to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and to lead sexually fulfilling lives.
An edgy, raw documentary exploring the politics of disability through performances at a national conference on disability and the arts. Open-Captioned. Contains strong language and nudity.
Voices in a Deaf Theater
Follows a cast of deaf and hearing actors as they prepare to stage The Glass Menagerie. Offers a window into the expressive language and culture of the deaf world.
We Are PHAMALy
Follows cast members of a musical theater group for people with sensory and mobility disabilities, from auditions to their remarkable opening night performance of Once Upon a Mattress.
A Wheelchair for Petronilia
Profiles a program, organized and run by Guatemalans with disabilities, which trains them to manufacture and repair cheap, sturdy wheelchairs designed for conditions in developing countries.
When Parents Can't Fix It
Looks at the stresses and rewards in the lives of five families who are raising children with disabilities. A realistic look at different family strengths and coping styles.
White Cane and Wheels
Carmen and Steve once dreamed of lives on stage and screen, but their plans were cut short by her blindness and his muscular dystrophy. This program is a funny and touching exploration of a relationship filled with frustration, but held together with patience, stubbornness, forgiveness and love.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for men under the age of 35. Narrated by an Olympic gold snowboarder, this documentary tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage from head injuries while pursuing extreme sports.
Wired for Life
Functional Electrical Stimulation technology (FES) seeks to use technology to enable people with spinal cord injuries to stand, transfer and, under some conditions, even to walk.
Working Like Crazy
Once labeled "unemployable," these psychiatric survivors work and run businesses where they can make a living, rebuild their lives, connect with others, and contribute to society.