Disability Awareness Week is from April 27th to April 30th! Below is our list of wonderful events. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Acts so we wanted to celebrate the potential of people with disabilities by highlighting the Art in Disability and demonstrating the creativity and talents of people with disabilities. All events are on campus and all members of the campus community are welcome.
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015
11:00am-3:00pm | Location: Breezeway @KCC
Disability Awareness Week Kickoff
Representatives from Access-Ability Services, the Students Unlimited Club, The Melissa Reggio Program (AHRC), and Special Olympics of New York will kick off an exciting week of activities and information-sharing, including distribution of disability awareness information, engaging people in a “Pledge Against the “R”-Word” campaign, and encouraging students to sign up for the Students Unlimited Club.
2:00-4:00pm | Location: Room V219
The Melissa Riggio Program (AHRC) Art Showing
Sponsored by the AHRC Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program
The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Programs are college-based programs designed to prepare people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for adult life through higher education coursework, career exploration and preparation, self-awareness and socialization. This exhibition highlights the artistic work of the students. Students will be on hand to discuss their work and their experiences at Kingsborough Community College.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015
9:10-10:10am | Location: Room V219
Disability in Hollywood
Prof. Sue Carpenter, Education Department
Since the era of silent movies, people with disabilities have been portrayed on film. This presentation explores the representation of people with disabilities in films such as The Miracle Worker (1962), Rain Man (1988), Adam (2011), The Intouchables (2012), and Keep Rollin (2014). Prof. Carpenter will explore how the portrayal of people with disabilities is often stereotypical, sensationalized, and most often portrayed by non-disabled actors. The presentation will also look at The Reel Abilities Film Festival with an eye toward a more equitable future for disabled actors in film.
11:30-12:30pm | Location: Room V219
“Drama Sighted” a short film; to be followed by a discussion.
Student/Director Margot Cole and Enough is Enough Committee
The short film tells the story of Brandon, a teenager with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, who learns that first impressions can be deceiving when he meets a woman with juvenile macular degeneration—a rare form of blindness. Originally a one-act play that was performed at BrooklynOne Theater’s A Playwright Grows in Brooklyn youth playwriting contest in 2009, "Drama Sighted" is the sole property of Margot Cole (Crip Video Productions) who is currently a student at Kingsborough, and features actors who are disabled in real life.
Crip Video Productions make short independent films that increase understanding of disability through engaging characters and storytelling. The films are created by people with disabilities and are written, directed, and produced by Margot Cole in collaboration with
able-bodied people, and those with a variety of disabilities.
12:40-1:40pm | Location: Room V219
Poetry and Prose by Writers with Disabilities
Prof. Christine Rudisel, Prof. Hope Parisi, Maudelyne Maxineau and students from the English Department and Reading and Writing Center
This event celebrates poetry, fiction, and non-fiction penned by writers with disabilities. We will read poems by Jim Ferris, John Milton, and Shelley Nixon and excerpts from texts by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Christy Brown, Octavia Butler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Temple Grandin, and Helen Keller. Presenters include staff members and tutors from the Reading and Writing Center and faculty from the English department.
1:50-2:50pm | Location: Room G102
Prof. Mimi Fierle. Physical Education and Recreation Therapy Department
Therapeutic Recreation majors will share and demonstrate the creative process that is utilized in developing adaptions to maximize the involvement of persons with special needs in a variety of recreational activities. Participants will have a hands-on experience with some of these adaptations while learning about the role of Therapeutic Recreation in the promotion of healing, independence, and wellness within a variety of health care settings.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
11:30-12:30 | Location: Room G102
YOGA GROOVE: Blending Yoga and Creative Movement to a World Beat
Prof. Gail Levine, Physical Education and Recreation Therapy Department
Move and groove at this fun and creative session; learn and blend yoga postures (Asanas) while seated on chairs and/or while standing alongside a chair. Move to cool world beat music: Latin salsa; South African; Middle Eastern belly dance; hip-hop, and gentle guitar strumming; Hawaiian hula; hand-jive, and more! Try out new moves and flow with yoga stretches for a new MIND*BODY*SPIRIT experience. Participants must wear loose, comfortable clothing. All movements can be done seated on a chair and/or by standing. No previous dance or yoga experience is required.
12:40-1:40pm | Location: TBA
Hosted by Nicholas Giampetruzzi & Co.
"CAREEREALISTIC" is a two-fold event serving to educate the KCC community, students, faculty, and staff on the abilities of disabled artists, and to educate students on realistic careers in the art field. These are careers in which students can become gainfully employed upon graduation. CAREEREALISTIC also benefits art students by encouraging them to think about and explore careers specific careers, as well as build on their KCC experience through internships, volunteerism, and fellowship programs. These opportunities will assist in the development of portfolios and resumes to provide a competitive edge in a tight job market.
2:00-3:00pm | Location: U219/220
Infinity Dance presents Kitty Lunn
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kitty Lunn, who founded the organization in 1995, Infinity Dance Theater is a non-traditional dance company committed to expanding the boundaries of dance by featuring dancers with and without disabilities. While preparing for her first Broadway show, Ms. Lunn slipped on ice, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her back. Now a paraplegic using a wheelchair, Ms. Lunn continues to dance, perform and works diligently on behalf of performing artists with disabilities.
4:00-6:00pm |Location: U-219/220
Dinner and a Dialogue presents What Would You Do?
Prof. Paul Ricciardi, Theater Arts Students and the Enough is Enough Campaign
Students from the Department of Communications and Performing Arts, present What Would You Do?, an interactive student performance about the different types of discrimination that occur in society. This engaging exchange provides scenarios and offers responses on how to combat and end particular types of discrimination, and will challenge participants to think about their responses in a given situation.
Dinner will be served and giveaways to support Enough is Enough will be provided.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
12:30-3:00pm | Location: U220
Def Dance Jam Workshop and Performance
Sponsored by the ASL Club
Def Dance Jam Workshop, a non-profit organization from Harlem New York, presents a sign language/dance workshop from 12:30-2:00 pm with a performance of the learned routine to follow at 2:30pm.
Def Dance Jam Workshop is a non-profit, inter-generational, performing arts troupe and academic program serving deaf, hearing, and physically or developmentally-challenged youths and their families since 1994.
3:00-4:00pm |Location: U220
“Theresa Sareo: Alive Again" Documentary Discussion and Performance
In cooperation with the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs
Theresa Sareo, singer/songwriter/trauma survivor, has a powerful story to tell—one that affirms the saving power of following one’s dreams. After surviving a horrible accident caused by an impaired driver on a Manhattan street corner that claimed the loss of her entire right leg, Theresa's courageous dedication to her recovery has inspired the amazing journey of her life and career. She discusses a crucial point in her recovery in a segment of her documentary and performs “Through a Soldier’s Eyes,” a song she wrote to honor the men and women who serve in the military.
The link below will take you to a list of CUNY scholarships available for students with disabilities.
______________________________________________________________________________ Movies/Videos Related to Autism
"The Story of Luke" 95min (link takes you to promotional video of feature film)
"A comedy about Luke, a young man with autism who embarks on a quest for a job and a girlfriend. Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer. Written and Directed by Alonso Mayo, based on his experiences at Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú, as seen in his research documentary “Just Like Anyone“. Winner of Best Film at Irvine International Film Festival & San Diego Film Festival, and Audience Awards at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival & Bahamas International Film Festival.
Luke, 25, is autistic and lives a sheltered life with his grandparents. But his world is suddenly turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest." http://www.thestoryofluke.com/main-info-synopsis/
"I Want to Say" 27 mins
'I Want to Say' is a 27-minute documentary short, produced by Goodby Silverstein & Partners and production company Bodega, that tells the story of Hacking Autism, a newly adopted Autism Speaks initiative devoted to unlocking the voices of children with autism through technology.
The film sprang from the desire to share the true stories of hope of six children with autism who communicated for the first time through the use of touch technology. It highlights the growing prevalence of autism (recently reported to affect 1 in 88), the parents' emotional struggle to communicate with their children, and the hope and promise that came with introducing assistive technology to the autism community.
I Want to Say chronicles the lives of several children from the Hope Technology School in Palo Alto, an inclusive school with both typical and special-needs students working together. Students and teachers here, sparked the discovery that touch technology can empower those with autism to communicate with their families after years of silence and even tell their parents they love them for the first time. The film also features Temple Grandin, a hero in the autism community.
Kayla Takeuchi, a young woman we meet in the documentary, defines her goal as simply being able "to change the way people view us."
The film has screened at Industrial Light and Magic, Pixar and in theaters in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
"Understanding Asperger's Syndrome - Personal experiences" 15 mins
Karen describes the challenges of living with Asperger's syndrome. She shares personal stories and valuable insights into the often misunderstood condition. She gives some great tips for those who may themselves have Asperger's Syndrome or may know someone who is an "Aspi".