Celebrating a World of Differences
People with disabilities belong to an extremely diverse minority group whose numbers are estimated to be about one tenth that of the general population. This is no small number and it underscores the fact that all of us may, sooner or later, find ourselves affected by disability, either through incurring one of our own or by association with a disabled friend, colleague, or loved one.
Unique to disabilities is the fact that among minority groups, criteria for membership is non-exclusive. Disability happens. It does not discriminate, appearing all across national, ethnic, religious, and gender lines. Anyone, at any time, could become a card carrying member of this group, vested in all associated rights and privileges granted thereto and guaranteed to be confronted with some degree of environmental or attitudinal barriers on a near daily basis.
During March, 2012, IU Cinema will be screening three films depicting three very different disabilities experienced by a diverse cast of characters, among whom are the King of England, an impoverished young man with limited intellectual ability, and a dreamy kind of guy whose life is a touching blend of fantasy and reality. Though their stations in life are very different, they have much in common, not only with each other but also with us. We hope you will join us in viewing one or all of the films. Please stay after for discussion when we will consider the strength of the characters and examine how they meet and coexist with the challenges of disability. Ultimately, we hope you will discover how disabilities may add richness to our lives and how all of us, disabled and non-disabled, are more alike than we are different.
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