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"Invisible Disabilities examines the lives of two charismatic adults with special needs and the daily challenges they face. The film shares the complex reality of what it means to live with an "invisible disability," which at first glance may not be readily apparent. Given the misperceptions and mistaken judgments that they frequently encounter, the film looks at the ways their families address such problems and how they work within their home communities to prioritize safety. As we become intimately connected to our characters through footage from their everyday lives, renowned experts Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Sally Ozonoff discuss how individuals, families and communities can help create meaningful high-quality lives for our special needs population. Intimate, moving, and inspirational, this educational documentary with it's accompanying discussion guide will change our understanding of the problems this population encounters and allow us to see the very real contributions they make to our communities, given the chance."
Disability Awareness Teacher Toolkit
"The overriding finding of our survey activities was that people lack accurate information about disabilities.This information deficit hampers their understanding not only of disabilities but also of people with disabilities. We agreed with the 80 interviewees that the first step in addressing this information gap is to do something to promote discussion of disabilities and people with disabilities in school and at home." From New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), 2012.
About the Guide
This guide was created by the Social Justice, Equity, and Teaching Transformation Faculty Learning Community (SETT-SU FLC) and Angeline Prichard, Research & Instructional Librarian. SETT-SU FLC is made up of faculty members from various departments across campus who share an interest in learning how to effectively teach topics of diversity and implement pedagogical choices that respect and affirm diversity in our classrooms.
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Send any questions or comments about the guide to SETT-SU FLC co-facilitators Becky Anthony or Erin Stutelberg.