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Media portrayals of disability are among the most influential factors in how people with disabilities are viewed, and by extension treated, by society. A number of influential films and video programs stand out among the thousands of (often negative) representations of disabilities. These programs are often considered "must viewing" by disability advocates, scholars, and activists. Documentaries exploring and exposing life in institutions, feature films offering realisitc portrayls of autism, experimental videos offering interpretations of disability culture, are some of the programs that belong in this department of the Quality Mall.

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Managed by: Jerry Smith (smith495@umn.edu) of RTC, Institute on Community Integration, University of MN

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Electronic Media (15 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (1 Products)


Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Best Boy
This video tells the true story of Philly, a man with an intellectual disability. The story shows his parents failing health, and Philly's entry into the adult services system. There were two follow-up videos made about Philly and his sister.
Bill
TV movie starring Mickey Rooney as a man with an intellectual disability struggling to live on his own.
Breathing Lessons
Academy Award-winning documentary on the life and work of Mark O'Brien. Mark was a well-known journalist who was post-polio and used an iron lung.
Charly
This is a Hollywood movie about a man with significant learning disabilities.
Ed Roberts: His Words, His Vision
This 8 minute video features Ed Roberts, who is said to be the father of the independent living movement. His words are interspersed with images that show the meaning of community inclusion. It is available to watch on Youtube.
Educating Peter
This classic documentary film is about a third-grader with Down Syndrome who was fully included in his class. It aired on HBO and won an academy award for best short documentary.
Handicapism: A Report from the Center on Human Policy
This online slideshow illustrates the negative images the public held about people with disabilities back in the 1970's. Unfortunately, many of the images portrayed are still true today.
Her Name is Sabine
This documentary film is aimed directly at the French government. It tells the story of two sisters - Sandrine, one of France's most successful actresses, and that of her sister Sabine who has autism and spent time in institutions.
Hurry Tomorrow
Hurry Tomorrow is a compelling documentary about the loss of human rights suffered by psychiatric patients in a state mental institution.
Life in the Shadows
A 10-minute film that follows President John F. Kennedy's efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Produced by Guggenheim Productions. You can watch it for free on YouTube.
My Left Foot
This is the autobiography of a man with cerebral palsy who uses his left foot to accomplish most daily activities, and also draw beautiful art. It was first published as a book in 1954 and later made into an academy award winning movie in 1989.
The Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities
This popular video has helped service providers and customer service personnel learn better behaviors.
Titicut Follies
Documentary of the ways inmates at a mental institution are treated by guards and professionals.
Try Another Way
In this series of classic video segments, Marc Gold presented his values-based, systematic training approach for employing people with disabilities. You can watch them online for free.
Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook
This film examines the impact of the closure of Willowbrook State School on the residents and their families over the last 25 years. You can watch the entire film for free on YouTube or purchase a DVD copy.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace
This 1972 documentary exposed how bad life was in institutions. It was narrated by Geraldo Rivera.


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