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Disabilities & Parenting
 

Acting Blind
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.

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.

Children of the Stars
This film explores the harsh reality of raising children with autism in modern day China. It provides moving insights into the hardships parents face and reminds us painfully of conditions that prevailed in the United States not so very many years ago.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Love Limits
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.

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.

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.

Refrigerator Mothers
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.

Roll On
Aims to share the everyday lives of families living with neuromuscular disorders.

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.

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.

24/7
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?

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.

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.

Wipe Out
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.