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Physical & Physiological Disability

A Brief History of Time. (1989)

Director, Errol Morris. In this film noted theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, explores his research into the farthest reaches of time and the universe against the backdrop of his life's story which includes his struggle with a progressive paralyzing disease. 1991.

A Change in Perspective.

Profiles five people who lead productive lives because they stress ability over disability, including a community advocate for the disabled in Harlem and an Olympic wheelchair athlete. Examines the physical and social issues connected with spinal cord injury and disproves outdated attitudes about persons with disabilities. 1994. 30 min.

A Mind of Your Own

Looks at the world of children and youth who are affected by learning disabilities through the stories of four young people, who don't allow learning difficulties to hold them back or get them down. With the support of family, teachers and their communities these kids have confronted and learned to cope with their disabilities while enjoying their own unique talents like singing and chess. c1999. Directed by Gail Sweeney. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 38 min.

A World Without Bodies

Documents the horror of the Nazi regime with respect to its treatment of disabled people. Beginning with an overview of eugenics ideology, the filmmakers delve into the instruments of mass murder developed first on the bodies of people with disabilities and later transferred to concentration camps. The film provides a haunting glimpse into the medical and social mindset that led to the systematic slaughter of more than 270,000 disabled individuals during World War II.

Abandoned to Their Fate: A History of Social Policy Toward People Labeled Severely Disabled

This program traces the origins of our social stereotypes and exclusionary practices toward people with disabilities. Drawing from scholarly records, institutional archives, original photography and popular media, the program focuses on the moral, aesthetic and economic policies that shaped the lives of people with disabilities. 1997. 29 min.

Able to Laugh

Enter the world of disability as interpreted by six professional comics--who happen to be disabled. This film examines the awkward ways disabled and able-bodied people sometimes relate to each other and examines how humor can remove the barriers of fear, guilt, vulnerability and misunderstanding. A film by Michael J. Dougan. 1993. 27 min
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Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities

Offers physicians, dentists, nurses, social service and support staff, an introduction to crucial issues that affect the quality of care for patients with disabilities. It provides essential knowledge for appropriate provision of care and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and emphasizes access and communication as the fundamental components in addressing health care disparities for people with disabilities. Developed by World Institute on Disability, in collaboration with Center for Health Care Strategies, Kaiser Permanente Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation.


An overview of how to produce a barrier-free building design which provides access to disabled individuals. Film contains a tour of a typical building from the perspective of a wheelchair user, details about ramps, an explanation of common myths about accessible design and information on The Americans With Disabilities Act. 1992. 30 min

Across the Silence Barrier.

Considers the question of whether deafness should be viewed as a handicap to be overcome or a difference to be accepted. Takes a look at various individuals who have triumphed over the obstacles presented by their deafness. 1977. 57 min. 3/4" tape. NRLF B 4 175 147

Air Transport: New Rights for People with Reduced Mobility

As the Summer holidays approach a new European regulation will guarantee more rights for both the disabled and people with reduced mobility when they travel by air. Nearly one in five Europeans can require assistance for travelling or communicating. From July 2008, these people will have the right to assistance and certain services in all European Union airports, as well as on board aircraft operating throughout European territory. Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, c2008. 5 min.