At first glance, you might not think there’s a lot to Lott Industries of Toledo, Ohio. A company that excelled in the automotive industry was facing closure like similar companies thanks to the decline of the auto industry in neighboring Detroit. Known for employing over 1,200 works with developmental disabilities, Lott Industries was in a tough situation. They had twelve months to reinvent themselves and to save the livelihoods of their employees.
The critical journey to reinvent the company is followed in a documentary that came out last spring. It follows the perspectives of three unique and memorable characters. If you came into Lott Industries you wouldn’t know these people had disabilities, you would just see workers. According to the film’s website, more than eight million people in America have developmental disabilities, and 80% of them remain unemployed. The documentary follows Wanda, TJ, and Kevin. Continue reading "Lott Industries – “A Whole Lott More”"→
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia presents for the second year, ReelAbilities: Disabilities Film Festival in Philadelphia and surrounding areas from April 21-28, 2013. This event is modeled after the New York Festival- the largest festival of its kind- which promotes awareness and an understanding of the lives of people with disabilities. Revenue generated through the festival will benefit The Center for Special Needs of JFCS and a community website, www.SpecialNeedsPhilly.org. The Center for Special Needs supports individuals and families by providing programs and services of needed care and SpecialNeedsPhilly.org provides a free online database giving access to agencies and professionals that serve the Greater Philadelphia special needs community.
The Philadelphia Festival showcases films by and about people with disabilities. Storylines range from a father’s love of his autistic son; a man with cerebral palsy whose dream is to climb El Capitan Mountain; three men with disabilities take a road trip and others. Each film is followed by engaging discussions and programs to explore the topics in depth. Venues are wheelchair accessible and all films are captioned or subtitled.
There are six films being screened from April 21-28, 2013.
Films yet to be screened include the following:
Tuesday, April 23
212 York Road
Jenkintown, PA, 19046
A graffiti artist who was stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which left him paralyzed, discovers technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to tap into his creative side again.
Wednesday, April 24
1:30-3:30pm, INGLIS HOUSE, FOUNDERS HALL
2600 Belmont Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19131
GETTING UP- encore presentation
7-9PM, BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE
824 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010
COME AS YOU ARE
Three men with disabilities take a road trip to free themselves from their isolation in hopes to explore the affection of women. They convince their families to allow them to go on a trip to Spain.
Thursday, April 25
108 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA, 19002
A documentary of a man afflicted by mental illness that sidetracked his dream of a film-making career.
Sunday, April 28
OLD YORK ROAD TEMPLE-BETH AM
971 Old York Rd.
Abington, PA, 19001
Opening the Gates of Torah: Inclusion Conference
MABUL (THE FLOOD)
A drama about family members with secrets that begin to surface after the eldest son, who has autism, returns after being institutionalized.