Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Persons with Disabilities

In Word and Deed: Show #005 (HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired on 3/3/02, features the following. Donna DeMaria from the Homeless Action Committee House (HAC) founded a shelter on North Pearl St. in Albany where people with drinking problems find a safe alternative to being on the streets. Viola Bucci, an 81-year-old woman with a wonderful sense of service, runs Helpers Community Service Shop in Gloversville. Love God and love your neighbor is her motto. Mary Louise Hamlin, known as POL (plain old lady), is in service to AIDS patients, their families, senior citizens, and others in need in Rensselaer County. Local celebrity, Eamonn McGirr uses his talents and business for a variety of worthy causes, such as Theology on Tap for Young Adults and the Center for the Disabled.

Best Loved Gospel Stories - The Man Born Blind (JH, HS, ADULT)
This modern retelling of the story in John 9:1-41 shows Jesus ("Joshua" in the film) healing a blind man outside a laundromat. This contemporary presentation of "The Man Born Blind" shows how people might respond today if Jesus were to visit and re-enact His miracles. It contrasts a true religious faith in Christ with a false religious formalism. The accompanying leader's guide has good questions for discussion/reflection and good ideas for related activities concerning attitudes toward the handicapped, the poor or the homeless.

Blessed Be/Whatsoever You Do (EL, JH, HS, ADULT)
BLESSED BE--A group of exceptional children with learning disabilities discover the wonder of life in ladybugs and birds and dandelion seeds--and finally in each other. WHATSOEVER YOU DO--This documentary dramatizes the plight and history of all primitive people who suffer from disease and famine.

Kid Ability: Disability Sensitivity and Awareness for Children (K-12, Adult)
Children host this video and educate themselves and the viewer about disabilities. While adults and children talk candidly about their disabilities, the viewer learns that people are more alike than different. The program fosters sensitivity toward others and acceptance of people with disabilities. It provides general disability etiquette guidelines that both children and adults can benefit from.

Kid Ability Two: Assistive Technology (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Hosted by children, this video helps increase awareness of the role assistive technology plays in the everyday lives of people. Watch the technology in action as people with disabilities and an assistive technology expert explain the use of computer and internet switches, adapted vehicles, and communication boards. A great introduction to assistive technology for children with and without disabilities. Created for children grades 5-12, but can be used for general audience sensitivity training. (CLOSED CAPTIONED)

Sam: Why Am I Different? (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Sam has cerebral palsy. He can't do the things other kids can. He can't talk clearly, and his body shakes uncontrollably. But inside, Sam is just like everyone else. He can think and he can work. This touching look into Sam's life is told from Sam's point of view. Viewers see Sam's frustrations, people's kind and cruel responses to him, and the special love he shares with his father. They also witness a dignity and courage that deserves celebration. The film is adapted from the book, Sam and His Cart, by Arthur Honeyman, who was born with cerebral palsy. This is a wonderful film to teach sensitivity to other's feelings, the dignity and potential of every human being, and the unique gifts that each person has to offer. Themes are: tolerance, values, understanding, friendship, hope, dignity, kindness, example, dreams, perceptions, and pro-life.

Disability Ministry: Perspectives On Disability (ADULT)
Mary Jane Owen, presenter, gives an excellent talk with the following outline: I.DESCRIPTION OF DISABILITIES - Why do we live in such fragile containers? II.THE POPULATION CALLED DISABLED - 40 million Americans; 10 million American Catholics; 1 family in 3 have a disabled member. III.MARK 2--THE PARALYTIC HEALED - Who were those people blocking the doorway? IV. THEOLOGY OF DISABILITY- Every rehabilitation is a minor redoing of Christ's Resurrection. We need each other. We need the miracles of happenstance. V. VALUE OF LIFE - Her comments on abortion and euthanasia which she terms "the forces of death"; the utilitarian mindset. VI. TRUE BEAUTY - The story of Blessed Margaret of Costello. The example of the pearl.

We Are One Flock (U.S. Bishops On Persons With Disabilities) (ADULT)
This video is about full participation of persons with disabilities as proclaimed in the United States Bishops' Pastoral Statement. Jean Mulrooney, psychology professor at Gallaudet University, is profoundly deaf. She is also active in a hearing parish, where she is a lector. Colleen Ruppert, employed at the Federal Government Printing Office, is mentally retarded. At her parish, she is a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the choir. These are the two main presenters in this video, which relates many ideas on ministry with people with disabilities and shows examples of the same serving in liturgical roles.

Heart Has Its Reasons (Jean Vanier) (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is a video commentary about Jean Vanier, a Catholic layman, and the l'Arche community for men and women with mental handicaps. It takes place in Trosly-Bruil, France and Mobile, Alabama.

Through Grandpa's Eyes (EL, ADULT)
This story, based on a Newberry Award winner by Patricia MacLachlan, offers a warm glimpse into the loving relationship of a young boy and his blind grandfather. As they spend the day together exploring the woodsy countryside, making music, "watching" TV, reminiscing with Nana, Grandpa shares the insights of his years, his experience, and his blindness with Johnny. The video beautifully highlights the many other gifts that people with disabilities have to offer. The time spent and shared nurtures a loving relationship that will enrich Johnny forever.

Recognize-Respond to Learning Disabilities in the Catholic School (ADULT)
This video was filmed at the 9th Annual Inclusive Catholic Education Conference featuring Sister Kathleeen Marie Ramirez, O.P. discussing learning disability issues from A to Z! It includes causes and classroom characteristics of learning disabilities, practical accommodations, and the controversial topic of grading and evaluation.

Teaching Religion To Students With Mental Retardation (ADULT)
This video by Roberta Weaver, Ph.D., was produced at the University of Dayton. It is part of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program to Improve Catholic Religious Education for Children and Adults with Mental Retardation.

Room Enough For Joy (Persons with Developmental Disabilities) (HS, ADULT)
In this heart-warming film, two Jesuit priests meet two men with mental disabilities who spent most of their lives in state institutions. Asking them to have dinner with them, the two men eagerly agree. Over the next eight months, the four men dine together for four or five nights a week. Eventually, they are asked to move in. This is the start of a community that today consists of five homes with 25 assistants and 20 people with mental disabilities. The community has become a sign that a society must be founded on welcome and respect for the weak and downtrodden, embracing the most vulnerable among us.

Americans With Disabilities: What Does The Church Say? (ADULT)
The "Americans with Disabilities" Act, passed in May 1990, is the most significant civil rights legislation of the past twenty-five years. How does it affect the Church? In what areas does it call us beyond the words of the 1978 Statement of the U.S. Bishops? How can Church leaders motivate society to respond to the challenge of inviting people with disabilities to the full use of their gifts? The disabled can no longer remain on the margins of our social, professional and parish experiences. This telebriefing can make us more aware of the challenge to us as Christians to respond more fully to the needs of those suffering from any disability. There is a sign language interpreter on the video.

Family Theater Films: The Choice (HS, ADULT)
This is one of a series of five videos. In five modern dramatic stories, scenes from the biblical narrative are intertwined with the contemporary to create powerful connections with the Gospel. The stories address themes such as AIDS, stealing, abortion, reconciliation, peer pressure, family communications, and more. The scenes are realistic, well-produced and touch on relevant issues which will stimulate discussion and reflection. In this video, a series of vignettes highlighting human choices in difficult contemporary situations reflects the critical choice made by a young Jewish girl, which changed the course of history. Key issues: freedom of choice, drug abuse, abortion, morality, stealing, disabilities, and grace.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors (ADULT)
The video highlights the importance of including persons with physical, mental, and emotional differences into Liturgy and church life. It provides practical ways to open hearts, open minds, and open doors for persons with visible and invisible disabilities, so that all may bring their gifts to God's altar. Featuring Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and Henri Nouwen.

The Gift of Hope: The Tony Melendez Story (Adolescent; Young Adults)
Tony Melendez may have been born without arms, but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying life to the fullest. Tony was born with this birth defect in 1962 as a result of his mother's taking the prescription drug Thalidomide. Today he is known around the world for playing the guitar with his feet. In this program we meet Tony and see him perform in many locations. Tony is a powerful speaker and is frequently invited to give presentations to young people on drug abuse, the importance of self-esteem, disability awareness, cultural awareness, and family support.

Armed with Hope (Youth)
John Foppe was born without arms. His disability has given him a different perspective on life. Armed with Hope takes you behind the scenes into the everyday life of this remarkable young man as he shares his hopes, fears, and dreams. Discover how an armless man handles tasks that most of us take for granted like driving a car or cracking an egg. You'll meet John's parents who share how "tough love" played an important role is shaping John's values and attitude toward life.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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