The word “disability” means different things to different people – and sometimes people don’t identify as having a disability at all. Rooted in Rights explains.
Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with reflective interviews and the personal stories of men and women with disabilities as they fought for independence and control over their lives, Defiant Lives details the rise of the disability rights movement in Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.
The filmmaker Jason DaSilva reveals the challenges for disabled people in navigating New York City’s public transportation system.
This is the story of a lesser known element to the civil rights struggle in the United States. Pennhurst State School, like hundreds of similar institutions around the country, is where the intellectually disabled were sent to live their lives outside of the view of wider society. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s a very dedicated group of school residents, their families and staff began a quiet revolution at Pennhurst State School that would ultimately change American society forever. This is a short documentary I created for the Pennhurst Memorial & Preservation Alliance to raise public awareness about this historic place, its brave residents and the important chapter their story represents in American history.
Comedian Zach Anner searches for a rainbow bagel in NYC showing the difficulty of using public transportation in an electric wheelchair.
Google is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act. Activists discuss the important of the ADA.
Recently, 43 disabled protesters were arrested outside of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s office, and the clips went viral on social media. Since then, activists have kept up the pressure on the Republican health bill with similar actions across the country. For this short documentary, The Atlantic traveled to the heart of the disability rights movement in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn why some disabled people fear the bill. Mary Lou Breslin of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund says cuts to Medicaid could ultimately cost 3 million disabled people their freedom and erode “40 years of hard won gains by the disability rights movement.”
Deaf comedian Jessica Marie Flores talks about why sign language is so important to her.
Activist Annie Elainey: That person you think might be faking a disability is actually far more likely to be FAKING WELL (or what you incorrectly believe are indications that they are “well” enough to not be disabled).
People with non-apparent or invisible disabilities are accused of faking repeatedly, on one hand, it’s extremely invalidating to our experiences, on the other hand, people often take it way too far and leave cruel messages on our vehicles, verbally harass us, or start physical altercations.
To clarify “faking well” is not literal; it’s a joke towards those looking to police disabilities. Laughing or crossing my legs is not “fake” but my pain is not “visible” or apparent when I do those things, and it’s when I do those things that people wonder if I’m really sick, so the response is “If I’m FAKING anything, I’m faking well.” Faking well just means doing things that people find suspicious if a disabled person does it.
As an ambulatory wheelchair user with an extremely limited ability to walk, I run into people ready to question my disabilities all the time, here are some of those occasions.
Activist Annie Elainey: I hear this phrase a lot in a few variations, “overcoming disability”, “defying disability”, “disability did not stop them from…” and on and on, so I wanted to really sit with how this statement is used, what it implies, and if it is accurate.
A comedic look at how to interact respectfully with people with disabilities.
In this film, Michelle Middleton takes a humorous look at people’s reactions to her cerebral palsy. The 26-year-old has created the piece, with the help of Fixers, to encourage others not to treat her, or anyone else with a disability, differently.
A short video to explain mental illness and stop the stigma surrounding mental illnesses early.
A picture paints a thousand words. People living with anxiety draw what it feels like.
One day you’re in minimum security, the next you’re in solitary confinement. You’re released before you receive treatment, and you’re back in jail again before you know what hit you. That’s what 24 year-old Siyad Shamo has experienced in the jails in King County, Washington. Inconsistencies in how jails treat people with mental illness drives the cycle that sees the same people come in and out, year after year. Average stays in Washington State jails in Appendix B of Correctional Needs and Costs by the Office of Finance and Management, 2014. Rooted in Rights, in partnership with the AVID Jail Project, shares these stories to bring attention to the crisis of mental health in our criminal justice system.
Many people are aware that Japan has excellent public transportation. If you’re a keen observer, you may have noticed the many wheelchair accessible facilities, but perhaps have not seen physically disabled people make use of them. In this video, Yuriko Oda (Wheelchair Walker) and Josh Grisdale (Accessible Japan) show what it’s like to travel with a physical disability in Japan’s trains, buses, cars, taxis, and planes.
This is part of new series of social documentaries about Japan that I’m making. Future episodes will attempt to answer questions like: what are the living conditions of the homeless, what does social housing look life and how affordable is housing, what is it like to work in Japan and is there any work/life balance, and what is it like to go to primary school?
Judy Heumann and her fellow activists begin the Section 504 sit-in, paving the way for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Comedian Zach Anner takes you through a hilarious workout!
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”
“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for people with disabilities.
Katie Cooke has a lifestyle clash few others can rival. The 19-year-old from Dublin is a competitive runner – but her chronic epilepsy means she has around 16 seizures a day, often during races. When other competitors see her fall to the ground, they naturally believe she needs to go to hospital – even though she normally recovers immediately and in her case, there’s no need for medical intervention. Even though she’s grateful for the public response, all Katie wants to do is carry on running. When she told the neurologist who’s treating her condition, he offered to become her running partner – and together they’ve become a marathon-running team.
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