August 21, 2015

Short film about disability civil rights leaders in San Francisco

SF remains the boom-town of opportunity and culture for people with disabilities. It sounds simplistic...but I think we need to add...more poetry, more accessible, day-to-day language to the disability rights movement, so that the culture in SF can really take hold in other places. Many people watching this video will get the general message, but not really understand the definition of the ADA or the 504 that these activists make reference to. In this way, the cause stays segregated in academic memory. (If you do want to get down to the technicalities of those terms, you can always read up on them at ada.gov.)



This film was made by the Paul K. Longmore Institute at San Francisco State University. Paul was a good friend pf mine who passed away unexpectedly a couple years ago. He was a scholar and a cultural commentator, possessing VHS tapes of over two decades worth of telethons for MS, juvenile arthritis, polio, etc. He was in the process of writing a book about the way the telethon charity model keeps disabled people locked away in a box of spectacle and fairytale. I miss Paul and I wish we had that book!

In celebration of 25 years of the ADA,
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