An intimate documentary film that delves into an innovative Disability Studies course at NYU Tandon where engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy team up to make movies. This observational "empathy engine" illustrates the trajectory of personal growth and bonding that these first time filmmakers experience in the classroom and beyond, during a journey of which the line between ability and disability gets blurred, traditionally assigned roles of "filmmakers" and "subjects" blend, and the definitions of "normalcy" and "inspiration" are challenged. "The Ability Exchange" invites the viewer to reflect on what it takes to understand and appreciate a person, a community, a culture, and how this exchange of abilities and perspectives empowers lives.
A documentary about disability, inclusion, and empathy in the classroom and beyond
Did You Know?
About 56.7 million people-19 percent of the U.S. population-had a disability in 2010. However, characters with disabilities are "invisible" on major broadcast networks. Of 647 regular characters who appear on scripted prime-time television, only five (less than 1%) have disabilities, and these roles are generally played by actors without physical disabilities. The disability community needs the unique, accurate and compelling perspectives of people with disabilities (PwDs) on media. See more