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Monday, November 7, 2011 08:30AM - 02:00PM

Location: Capitol Room

Session Description

8:30am - Look! I'm In College!

Length: 30 minutes

Producer: Ken Browne Productions

Presenter: Ken Browne


This half-hour documentary follows four New York City kids through an extraordinary time in their lives. Together with Pace University, its faculty, and students, Terence, Benny, Donald, and Rayquan achieved a small miracle in the world of higher education. All four young men are African-Americans between the ages of 18 and 20. All are NYC public school students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. And all are autistic.




9:10am - Life Histories of Older Vermonters with Developmental Disabilities

Length: 14 minutes

Producer: Susan Ryan & Deborah Lisi-Baker

Presenter: None


The Vermont Life History Project is designed to capture the story of older Vermonters with developmental disabilities.  Life Histories are stories told through speech, in writing, through art, or video, saved for posterity. All of us have a story to tell. All of our stories are important. Especially valuable are the stories of older individuals who experience developmental delays, and who have both lived through, and have helped to make, major changes in services in the past few decades. The Life History Project at CDCI strives to record and save these stories, to preserve each person's history. The video you will watch captures the life history of 3 older Vermonters with developmental disabilities.People with disabilities, researchers, teacher trainers, and interdisciplinary students will benefit from listening to the first hand accounts of older people who experience disabilities. The lessons we can learn from listening to their life stories can help shape policy and practice.




9:45am - Cowboy Song

Length: 59 minutes

Producer: Marie Regan

Presenter: Marie Regan


In 2000, filmmaker Marie Regan begins filming her father, Bill, as he takes over responsibility for the care of his brother Mike, who has lived in a special school for 40 years. Mike is unable to speak or concentrate, has frequent seizures and is now confined to a wheelchair. While it is hard to tell how much Mike even takes in, one constant in his life has been the family's belief in his enjoyment of cowboy songs, which Bill tries to incorporate into their new routines.


10:55am - Keep People Home. Keep People Working

Length: 18 minutes

Producer: Todd Newman

Presenter: None

On YouTube at:

The families of people with severe disabilities know better than anyone what their lives are like. But sometimes that reality is obscured behind words like "respite," "budget," and "severe disability." Last year, the Center for Persons with Disabiltiies' KSAR video production unit teamed up with the Utah Developmental Disability Council to make those words real. The result was Keep People Home. Keep People Working. The 18-minute film went on to win a bronze Telly in the fundraising category. The award is given to top-tier, non-broadcast productions. The short film also powerfully communicated the reality that some families face. When it was finished, the DVD was distributed to advocates, who then were asked to share it with their communities and policymakers.



11:20am- See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary

Length: 93 minutes

Producer: Worldplay Inc

Presenter: None


The award-winning documentary SEE WHAT I'M SAYING follows four deaf entertainers - a comic, actor, singer and a drummer as they strive to cross over to mainstream audiences. The first open captioned commercial film in American history touches on many important issues that will discussed following the film. 


1:00 pm- A New Kind of Listening: A Documentary Film About Arts and Disability 

Length: 57 minutes

Producer: The Groove Productions

Presenter: Polly Medllicott


A NEW KIND OF LISTENING is an award-winning documentary that proves the power of inclusive arts to transform lives. The film takes us inside the creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group, as its members, some with significant disabilities, become writers and actors in an original collaborative performance piece.