DISABILITY AWARENESS

 

INTRODUCTION  

Following is a mediagraphy, a collection of video resources, on the topic of disability awareness.  This mediagraphy was created for use in a middle school.

 

NEEDS & STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Partly due to the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1997, almost every classroom today includes a number of students who are dealing with a disability – either physical, educational, emotional, or a combination of all three (U.S. Department of Labor).  Creating positive relationships among students should be one of the goals in inclusionary classrooms.  Educating people about disabilities helps to promote awareness, understanding, and acceptance.

 

WHY VIDEO?
For students who have had little experience with people with visible disabilities, it can be difficult to explain different disabilities and the challenges they present.  Videos are a good choice for this topic because they may better help students to visualize difficult-to-understand concepts.  Students generally respond well to visual narratives, and videos provide visual, meaningful examples of the differences and similarities among all people.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Selection of materials was based on:

 

ANNOTATED MEDIAGRAPHY

 

TITLE

Kidability

FORMAT

VHS video; 26 min.

DATE

1999

PUBLISHER

Program Development Associates (PDA)

http://www.pdassoc.com/

SUMMARY

  • Narrated/Hosted by teenagers, children and adults are interviewed and talk about their disabilities and how they deal with them
  • Aimed at fostering sensitivity towards others and acceptance of people with disabilities
  • Provides general disability etiquette guidelines

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; assistive technology; physically handicapped

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Grades K-12

VENDOR

Program Development Associates (PDA)

P.O. Box 2038

Syracuse, NY  13220-2038

Phone:  800-543-2119

             315-452-0643

http://www.pdassoc.com/

PRODUCT NO.

#KIDA989W

COST

$89.00

REVIEW(S)

“Overall, a useful tool for raising disability awareness.”

                                               Booklist, 6/2000

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

TITLE

Small Differences

FORMAT

VHS video; 20 min.

DATE

1995

PUBLISHER

Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh Task Force on Disabilities

SUMMARY

  • Video was taped by disabled and non-disabled students; students were given video cameras and trained in interviewing techniques
  • Students interviewed each other, their parents, and disabled people working in the community
  • Shows that the more time disabled and non-disabled kids spend together, the more they have in common
  • Video was professionally edited and then narrated by the children that shot it

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; physically handicapped; guidance for children; physical impairments

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Youth

VENDOR

Program Development Associates (PDA)

P.O. Box 2038

Syracuse, NY  13220-2038

Phone:  800-543-2119

             315-452-0643

http://www.pdassoc.com/

PRODUCT NO.

#SD779W

COST

$79.00

REVIEW(S)

“Recommended for both schools and public libraries.”

                                               Video Librarian

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Includes a Study Guide which introduces the film and includes questions and activities for children/students
  • 39th Annual International CINDY Competition – Bronze Award
  • 1996 Disability Film Festival – Disability Information and Education
  • 1996 CHRIS Award – Columbus International Video and Film Festival
  • 1995 Silver Apple Award – National Education Media Network

 

 

TITLE

The Story of the Stranger

FORMAT

VHS video; 50 min.

DATE

1993

PUBLISHER

Axis Consultation and Training

Nanaimo, B. C.

http://www.normemma.com/

SUMMARY

  • Live recording of Norman Kunc, well-known disabilities rights advocate, at a high school assembly
  • Kunc describes his experience with cerebral palsy attending a regular high school
  • Stresses the importance of creating a sense of belonging for all students

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; awareness and attitudes; attitudes education; inclusion philosophy; cultural diversity; cerebral palsy

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Grades 6 to adult

VENDOR

Axis Consultation and Training

340 Machleary Street

Nanaimo, B. C.

Phone:  250-754-9939

http://www.normemma.com/

COST

$50.00

REVIEW(S)

“He encourages students and teachers to value their own diversity and to look for the stories in each other.”

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

TITLE

Just Like Anyone Else: Living with Disabilities

FORMAT

VHS video; 30 min.

DATE

1990

PUBLISHER

Human Relations Video

http://www.hrmvideo.com/

SUMMARY

  • Video shows individuals with physical disabilities in every day activities – playing basketball in wheelchairs, deaf students at a junior prom, etc.

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; physically handicapped

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Grades 7-12

VENDOR

Human Relations Media

41 Kensico Drive

Mt. Kisco, NY  10549

Phone:  1-800-431-2050

http://www.hrmvideo.com/

PRODUCT NO.

ID 860

COST

$59.00

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Includes Video and Teacher’s Resource Book

 

TITLE

What’s Normal?: Overcoming Obstacles and Stereotyping

FORMAT

VHS video; 30 min.

DATE

2001

PUBLISHER

CastleWorks Productions

http://www.castleworks.com/

SUMMARY

  • Teens discuss obstacles of living with a variety of disabilities
  • Points out that everyone is different in some way
  • Promotes knowledge, empathy, and understanding of differences

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; adolescence; family and relationships

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Grades 7-adult; Ages 12-17

VENDOR

Library Video Company

http://www.libraryvideo.com

PRODUCT NO.

#F0026

COST

$69.95

REVIEW(S)

“…focuses on the commonalities shared by kids everywhere, helping them to replace social barriers with bridges.  Highly recommended.”

                                               Video Librarian

“This excellent program can be used in any class or group where teachers want to acknowledge and respect individual differences.”

                                               School Library Journal

OTHER INFORMATION

 

TITLE

Educating Peter

FORMAT

VHS video; 30 min.

DATE

1993

PUBLISHER

Aquarius Productions, Inc.

Medfield, MA

http://www.aquariusproductions.com

SUMMARY

  • Film chronicles Peter Gwazdauskas’; a third-grade student with Down’s syndrome, first school year in a “regular” classroom
  • Shows the difficult, but rewarding, adjustment of Peter, his teacher, and the other students

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; Downs Syndrome

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

All ages

VENDOR

Program Development Associates (PDA)

P.O. Box 2038

Syracuse, NY  13220-2038

Phone:  800-543-2119

             315-452-0643

http://www.pdassoc.com/

PRODUCT NO.

#EP109W

COST

$79.00

OTHER INFORMATION

 

TITLE

What’s the Difference?

FORMAT

VHS video; 8 min.

DATE

1998

PUBLISHER

Mercury Productions

http://www.mercuryproductions.com/kids.html

SUMMARY

  • Features teenagers with a variety of physical disabilities who talk openly about their lives
  • Video strives to show that these children are more alike than different and to promote understanding and acceptance of disabilities

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Middle and high school

VENDOR

Program Development Associates (PDA)

P.O. Box 2038

Syracuse, NY  13220-2038

Phone:  800-543-2119

             315-452-0643

http://www.pdassoc.com/

PRODUCT NO.

#WTD145W

COST

$45.00

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Golden Reel Award – International Television Association – 1999
  • Communicator Award – 1999
  • Selected for Health Industry Media Showcase
  • Association for the Care of Children’s Health 34th Annual Conference – 1999
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 53rd Annual Meeting – 1999
  • Includes 2 page printed curriculum
  • Video clips and transcript available online at: http://www.ttoolbox.com/training.htm

 

TITLE

The  Mighty

FORMAT

VHS video; 100 min.

DATE

1999

PUBLISHER

Buena Vista Home Video

http://www.disney.com

SUMMARY

  • Based on novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • Tells the story of friendship between a disabled boy genius and a social outcast
  • The boys realize that together they can overcome their limitations

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; family; friendships

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Grades K-12

VENDOR

Library Video

P. O. Box 580

Wynnewood, PA  19096

Phone:  1-800-843-3620

http://www.libraryvideo.com

PRODUCT NO.

K8004

COST

$9.99

OTHER INFORMATION

 

TITLE

Miracle in Lane 2

FORMAT

VHS video; 89 min.

DATE

2000

PUBLISHER

Disney Educational Productions

http://disney.go.com/educational/classroom.html

SUMMARY

  • Based on the true story of Justin Yoder from Goshen, Indiana
  • Tells the story of how twelve-year old Justin manages to become the 1st person with a disability to be a champion soap box derby racer

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; Spina Bifida; biographical

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Grades K-12

VENDOR

Disney Educational Productions

105 Terry Dr.

Newton, PA  18940

Phone:  1-800-295-5010

http://dep.disney.go.com/educational/store/detail?fromsearch=1&product_id=68E76VL00

PRODUCT NO.

#68E76VL00

COST

$99.00

REVIEW(S)

School Library Journal, 6-1-2002

OTHER INFORMATION

 

TITLE

Bong and Donnell

FORMAT

VHS video; 56 min.

DATE

1998

PUBLISHER

The University of Maryland Video Press

http://www.videopress.org/

SUMMARY

  • Chronicles the friendship between Bong, a wheel-chair bound boy with severe physical disabilities, and Donnell, an African-American boy
  • Documentary spans nearly a dozen years
  • Shows not only the differences, but the ways the boys are the same
  • Examines how both boys overcome their struggles to make it through adversity and prejudice

KEY WORD(S)

Disability awareness; physically handicapped

GRADE LEVEL/AGE

Ages 7 and up

VENDOR

Films for the Humanities and Sciences

P. O. Box 2053

Princeton, NJ  08543-2053

www.films.com

PRODUCT NO.

BVL30376

COST

$129.95, price includes performance rights

REVIEW(S)

“This video does its job so successfully that the viewer forgets Bong's disability... Mostly the video delights because it allows the personalities of Bong and Donnell to shine. Their insights, descriptions, and feelings rule. Viewers may come away amazed that they were actually watching a video and not personally interacting with the two young men... it is a video that should be in every school library...
                                                                
Disability Studies Quarterly

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Cable Ace Award, Children’s Special (7 and older)
  • Regional Emmy Award Winner, Best Documentary and Best Direction
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
  • St. Aton Foundation Award – 1996 Disability Film Festival

 

APPENDIX

Educating Peter / produced and directed by Thomas C. Goodwin, Geraldine...

 

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Disability Resources on the InternetProvides a large variety of information resources available on the Internet

http://disabilityresources.org/

 

Call Me Capable – Lists famous people and their disabilities

http://callmecapable.com/know.htm

 

Band-Aides and Blackboards – This website is written for and by teenagers; it discusses differences involving health and illness, medical conditions and physical differences

http://www.faculty.fairfield.edu/fleitas/contents.html

 

Resources You Can Use for Disability Awareness – This publication from the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities lists books, videos, posters, and suggested activities to help promote disability awareness

http://www.nichcy.org/pubs/bibliog/bib13.pdf

 

Communicating With and About People with Disabilities – Published by the U. S. Department of Labor, this is an etiquette guide for talking to people with disabilities

http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/comucate.htm

 

Films Involving Disabilities – Bob Lister’s compilation of films that involve characters that have disabilities

http://www.caravan.demon.co.uk/

 

Disability Awareness Game – “…a computer-based classroom game that may be used to present different disability awareness ideas in a classroom situation. It is designed to generate discussion based on the many misconceptions people have about disabilities.”

http://www.parentsinc.org/game.html

 

IDEAS FOR PROMOTION

Each year our school recognizes Disabilities Awareness Month.  These videos could be used to promote awareness during that time.  In addition, the video “The Mighty” could be shown as a follow-up activity after reading Freak the Mighty, on which it is based.  To go along with the videos, a collection of books about or whose characters have disabilities could be put on display in the library (for example: Stuck in Neutral, Helen Keller biography, etc.)

 

This mediagraphy was created by:

Robin Durkel

Media Specialist - Highland Middle School - Highland, IN

rdurkel@highland.k12.in.us

Created April 2003