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From The Fanlight Collection
When Parents Can't Fix It: Living with a Child's Disability
Directed by By Dr. Virginia Cruz & Sharon Thompson
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This moving and important documentary looks at the lives of five families who are raising children with disabilities: the problems they face, how they have learned to cope, and the rewards and stresses of adapting to their child's condition. It explores the medical complexities and financial pressures families encounter, the emotional and physical toll on parents and siblings, and the dangers of child abuse in this population. It offers a very realistic look at different family strengths and coping styles, and highlights the ways society can help meet the needs of families with disabled children.

"A powerful teaching tool which challenges viewers to see the situations families face when they parent children with disabilities."Sara N. Brown, PhD, LSW, Northeastern State University

"The video is sensitively done and certainly introduces the viewer to some of the realities of living with a child with disabilities. A valuable teaching resource that is sure to provoke much discussion."Judith Sandys, PhD, Ryerson Polytechnic University

"The parents present their stories with sensitivity and offer the viewer sage advice about keeping an open mind and always looking for help."Science Books & Film

"The best teaching tool I can think of to present the challenges of negotiating the complex system of health, education and related services."Steven R. Forness, EdD, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital

First Place, National Council on Family RelationsOutstanding Achievement, Children's Media Awards Bronze, National Educational Media Network Silver, National Health Information AwardsAmerican Sociological Association Bronze Medal, Worldfest FlagstaffParent's Guide to Children's Media

58 minutes / Color
Release: 1997
Copyright: 1997

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Disabilities, Disabilities & Parenting, Family Relations

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