A LIFE OF CHOICES: BETSY'S STORY (2007)

Leading a full life with a disability requires a family working together.Betsy's Story features the success possible when a child with cerebral palsy grows up in a supportive and inclusive world. Betsy pushes boundaries, defies limitations and challenges barriers to seek the same joys, responsibilities, and roles as peers with disabilities. Video illustrates her transition from high school to college and then to a professional career. Pre-release DVD copies are $15 plus mailing for a short time. Video is in the process of being captioned. $39.95

What does it mean to have a dream? A job, a home, friends and freedom, the opportunity to take risks to improve your life, the things we all strive for. It’s what makes us human beings. It is the chance to focus on our best talents, skills, and passions in the pursuit to leave our mark, and make a contribution that impacts our community. For some, this prospect is a given, but for others, like Betsy Wynne, her dream has to be carved out through the sheer power of her own determination and drive. Along her way, she’s supported by family, friends, and her single-minded vision of what’s possible when the spirit is unfettered from low expectations. 


 

A LIFE OF CHOICES: DONNIE'S STORY (2003)

shares the inevitable despairs and delights of an adult with disabilities who grew up in an institution as he moves into the community. From memories of the Milledgeville institution to his first pay check, Donnie's experience reveals the path and the supports needed for major transitions. Whether you need to educate institutional staff to the value of community living, employers to the value of work, community to the value of inclusion or future professionals to transitions, Donnie’s story delivers a powerful and effective message. VHS; 17 min. Available in Closed Captioned in English, Open Captioned in English and Spanish, and Audio Descriptor in English. $39.95

Donnie laughs with gusto and loves to tell jokes. He’s living in the community and working regularly. Donnie? Yes! The youngster who was shuffled among foster homes and spent thirteen years in a state hospital is now an adult on his own with support from a caring community. Donnie always wanted to work. His desire, channeled through supported employment, created options from which he could choose his goals. Donnie’s Story is a lesson in how we view the possibilities of people with disabilities to become valued community members. Come laugh with Donnie and share his world of choices.


 

A LIFE OF CHOICES: LOIS & ELAINE’S STORY (2003)

takes the reader from the back wards of institutions for people with developmental disabilities to the halls of the United States Supreme Court. Two women with disabilities wanted to live in the community. An attorney fought for their rights. They won inclusion for all people with disabilities. But, that’s really when this story starts…learn how they found the best places to live, and followed their natural talents to become entrepreneurs. VHS; 17 min. Available in Closed Captioned in English, Open Captioned in English and Spanish, and Audio Descriptor in English. $79.95 

This video-series highlighting personal stories of individuals with disabilities as they seek employment opportunities in their communities. Each of the featured individuals is a former institutional resident who is now living in the community with appropriate supports. Share a new world of choice with Lois and Elaine.


 

IT'S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE (2017)

A bibliography of Tracy Rackensperger. Closed captioning in English. 4 minutes and 40 seconds runtime. $Price

Tracy Rackensperger, Ph.D. lives life to the fullest! She is a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development and Disability where she teaches undergraduate students. When not working, you can find her fishing, rock climbing, surfing, and tubing down Georgia’s rivers or just about any outdoor activity she can find. Born with cerebral palsy, she uses assistive technology for mobility, daily living, employment, computer access, and communication. She firmly rejects society’s definition of what it means to have a disability. “You don’t overcome disability,” she notes. “You overcome society’s low expectations of people with disabilities. It’s all about attitude.”


 

WADDIE WELCOME: A MAN WHO CANNOT BE DENIED (1997)

Award-winning videotape about a man with severe disabilities who desires to live in the community after years living in a nursing home. A classic study in person-centered planning, the video signifies an effort to sustain justice and challenges the redesign of the service delivery system. VHS, Open Captioned in English; 26 min. $79.95

This is the extraordinary story of Waddie Welcome, a man born with cerebral palsy on the 4th of July, 1914. For more than 70 years he lived in Savannah, Georgia surrounded by the love and care of his family and friends. No respite care. No institutions. No day-care programs. After his primary caretaker dies, he was placed in a nursing home against his wishes. He spent over ten years advocating to get out. This is a story of how a community came together to enable Waddie to move back to the community. Award-winning filmmaker Narcel G. Reedus captures the heartbreak, pain, and triumph of a man who refused to be denied. 



FINDING A PLACE CALLED HOME (2017)

Closed captioning. 14 minutes. DVD. $price

“You only have one life and it’s now!” says Mary Kissel, the founder of Georgia Options, a non-profit that supports individuals with disabilities to live in the community. “Every human being responds to freedom, autonomy, choice, respect, interesting things to do, interesting places to go, and a sense of belonging… Why is it such a mystery that people start to thrive?” Finding a Place Called Home explores the changes that happen in people’s lives when they experience community life after many years of living in residential institutions. The viewer is called upon to ponder Mary Kissel’s question, “Why do we make people wait to start a real life?”


 

A CHANGE OF ADDRESS (2017)

Closed captioning. DVD. $price

A Change of Address tells the story of Helen and Jeanette, two women with significant challenges who lived for decades at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. With a strong support system they now live in their own apartment in the community. They are able to live a far richer life than they ever experienced inside the cold, impersonal institution walls of the state hospital.