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  • Boy In The WorldBoy 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.

  • The Boy Inside - An intensely personal film about growing up with Asperger Syndrome, following 12-year-old Adam as he struggles to make sense of bullies, girls, and life in the real world.

  • Breathing Lessons - 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.

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  • 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.

  • Changing Your MindChanging Your Mind - Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.

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  • Eternity Has No Door of Escape - A history of "outsider art" or "art brut" spontaneously produced by self-taught creators on the fringes of society.

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  • Fortune Teller - The life of a countryside fortune teller provides a candid and deeply revelatory look at people living on the fringes of Chinese society.

  • Four Lives - Four people with bipolar disorder, along with their families and psychiatrists, share their struggles to achieve control over the illness and their lives.

  • Front Wards, Back WardsFront Wards, Back Wards - They were called idiots and for 160 years Fernald State School was where they would stay. Residents, staff and families recall the evolution of attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.

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  • 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.

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  • Latest News from the Cosmos - It wasn't until Helene was 20 years old that her parents discovered that their autistic daughter was able to not only communicate, but to write deeply complex, philosophical and poetic work.

  • 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.

  • Login 2 LifeLogin 2 Life - Profiles seven people who spend most of their lives in online virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.

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  • No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie - When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

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  • Outsider - Judith Scott had Down syndrome, was deaf, and did not speak. Then, after 35 years of institutionalization, she created a series of sculptures that have fascinated and mystified art experts around the world.

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  • Phoenix Dance - Dancer Homer Avila lost his right leg and most of his hip to cancer and thought he'd never dance again until choreographer Alonzo King challenged expectations of what it means to be "disabled."

  • Principles & Practices of Building Community SpecialPrinciples & Practices of Building Community Special - Seven sessions of training providing skills and education on some of the most important concepts of community inclusion.

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  • Raw Beauty - Explores the immense influence of artists deemed to have psychological illnesses on 20th-century art history.

  • 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.

  • Ruth - Ruth endured the disabling physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson's disease for more than twelve years, until a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) enabled her to switch off many of the symptoms that had kept her a prisoner in her own body. A unique opportunity to view the impact of medical technology in action.

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  • Secret FearSecret Fear - 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.

  • Semicolon; the Adventures of Ostomy Girl - Meet Dana, a feisty, funny, and charming 25-year-old at a crossroads... but not the kind you'd expect.

  • Stroke - A personal film diary of a man's rehabilitation from a life threatening brain-stem stroke.

  • Stuffed - Some people can't seem to throw anything away. This engaging documentary invites us to enter the mind of the compulsive hoarder, while dispelling the stereotype that all "packrats" are isolated elderly derelicts.

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  • Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With DisabilitiesTen Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities - This top-selling video is used to train staff and community on disability etiquette and best practices.

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  • Untold Desires - Powerful documentary about people with disabilities who struggle to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and to lead sexually fulfilling lives.

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  • Vital Signs - An edgy, raw documentary exploring the politics of disability through performances at a national conference on disability and the arts.

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  • 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 OutWipe Out - 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.

More Films & DVDs on Disabilities
  • 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.

  • Dancing From the Inside Out - Moving portraits of three outstanding performers with the acclaimed AXIS dance troupe, which includes both disabled and non-disabled dancers.

  • Flying People - A world champion kite flyer shares his passion for flight with a man blind from birth in this tale of friendship that challenges our notions of disability.

  • Learning to Hear - A moving exploration of the lives of two deaf women who have opted to have cochlear implant surgery that enables them to recover their hearing.

  • Left in Baghdad - An American soldier returns from Iraq without his left arm and adapts to life with new physical challenges.

  • 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.

  • Luckey - A highly engrossing family drama about a successful artist who must cope with his sudden paralysis following an accident.

  • 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 of children with cerebral palsy as they grow in self-confidence and physical capability through participation in "hippotherapy," or physiotherapy involving horseback riding.

  • Multiple - 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.

  • Positively Autistic - The autistic rights movement challenges accepted views of autism, and works to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet people at the forefront of this movement.

  • Pushin' Forward - Growing up poor and Latino, James Lilly was a gang member until at 15 he was shot in the back and paralyzed. Today, he shares his story with inner city kids, and tells them what helped him move on: wheelchair racing.

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

  • 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.

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