Give Me Liberty | WXXI

Give Me Liberty | WXXI

Give Me Liberty | WXXI

WXXI and the Golisano Foundation presented Give Me Liberty at the Virtual Little Theatre.  The following discussion was with the film’s writer Alice Lawton, supporting actress Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, and WXXI Executive Producer and Move to Include Project Leader Erin McCormick. 

About the film, Give Me Liberty:
Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman in a wheelchair. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams.

View more information here: WXXI Give Me Liberty Screening

 

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Side Effects – WFYI |  Day Programs

Side Effects – WFYI | Day Programs

Side Effects – WFYI | Day Programs

Like many organizations that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Stone Belt in Bloomington, Indiana, had to stop its day programs in mid-March as concerns grew about the spread of COVID-19. That’s meant major changes for Midwestern families like the Duncans.

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Adaptive Skiing with Jana Sherry

Adaptive Skiing with Jana Sherry

Adaptive Skiing with Jana Sherry

There is nothing quite like the sheer feeling of freedom and joy that comes from skiing. Meet up with a group of people who are helping to make sure that feeling is available to everyone who wants to hit the slopes.

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UNIQUE Art Exhibit

UNIQUE Art Exhibit

UNIQUE Art Exhibit

WCNY partnered with ARISE to present the UNIQUE Art Exhibit in its Broadcast and Education Center. The exhibit aimed to share the artistic visions and voices of individuals who have disabilities with the public, increasing awareness of the capabilities of persons with disabilities; to initiate conversation around art and literature that inspires, educates, and enlightens; and to share the experiences of persons who live with disabilities, and their joy with accomplishing freedom, success, and independence.

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WGCU Hosts Digital Storytelling Workshop

WGCU Hosts Digital Storytelling Workshop

WGCU Hosts Digital Storytelling Workshop

WGCU Public Media teamed up with Best Buddies of Southwest Florida for a digital storytelling workshop that launched WGCU’s Move to Include initiative.

The storytelling workshop at WGCU, held Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in the Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center on the FGCU campus, turned young people into filmmakers and public media staff into mentors.

“Buddies” with intellectual and developmental disabilities were paired with school-age “Peer Buddies” for the workshop. Five teams of two each created a short video on a topic of their choice, doing the interviewing, filming and editing themselves with the help of a member of the WGCU production crew. They did all of their work on kits consisting of an iPad, a tripod and bracket, headphones and two lavalier microphones.

The teenagers got acquainted Friday evening and learned some basics of film production from Betsy Newman, a documentary filmmaker from South Carolina who has conducted similar workshops for 25 years. They determined the topics of their videos and talked about interview questions.

The young filmmakers came back Saturday and got down to work, shooting B-roll, recording interviews and finally, editing videos.

Late Sunday afternoon, the teams finished editing and screened their works for friends, family and mentors over dinner at the station.

Savannah Louderback, a senior in business management at FGCU, worked with the buddy she has known for two years, Devin Cannon. For their video, Cannon talked about the second annual Friendship Ball that Best Buddies held recently and at which he was crowned king. About his film, he said, “It was so awesome!”

The point of the workshop, said Newman, was to “give kids an opportunity to express themselves, to find their voices, to learn about the experiences of others through the interview process.”

WGCU is one of the five PBS stations to participate in the national pilot project, which officially will kick off in July 2020.

“We are ecstatic over the success of WGCU’s first-ever Move to Include digital storytelling workshop,” said Amy Shumaker, Associate General Manager for Content, who worked on similar programs with Newman in South Carolina. “It is our mission in public media to bring diverse and inclusive voices to all of our broadcast platforms. By partnering with Best Buddies, we had a group of talented young people with differing abilities eager to learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling from our staff.”

Participating buddies were Devin Cannon, Thomas Browning, Gianna Gaziano-Whalen, Miranda Huber and Will Thibado; peer buddies included Louderback, Rayne Roe and Celine Lobocchiaro, with some help from a couple of the teens’ fathers.

Best Buddies of Southwest Florida Executive Director Melanie Musick and Jennifer Mackler from Ida Baker High School were on hand to help. Mackler has worked with most of the students in the Best Buddies program.

“It can be tough for our students with physical or intellectual disabilities to connect with peers their age, but when we pair them with a buddy, it helps them to develop those skills in a safe way,” Mackler said.

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The Life Autistic | Mike

The Life Autistic | Mike

The Life Autistic | Mike

Mike has overcome many challenges since being diagnosed with autism in 1969. Though he had to learn to talk before he could attend school, he graduated on time and now works at Talk To Me Technologies, a company that develops speech devices to assist people with disabilities. Mike overcame another challenge 10 years ago, when he started dating Margo, an occupational therapist. Mike believes having autism helps him understand what his stepsons are going though. Mike and Margo share their thoughts on marriage and raising children with autism in this episode of The Life Autistic.

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