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"Rolling"

This captioned documentary film was created largely by 3 participants with video cameras mounted on their wheelchairs. It was named the best documentary at the Independent Film Project conference in New York City.

Thirteen/WNET New York (public television)

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Posted by: nagelbagel010 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.

This is an awesome documentary in which three people that use a wheelchair for mobility, video tape themselves and take you up close and personal in their daily lives. It allows us to see their ups and downs as they adapt their environment and show us how they live. As a future clinician, it was a great resource for me. It gave me new ideas of ways to adapt the environment that I did not think about previously. It also reminded me to always keep my treatment client centered and to consider each client as their own. I think this is great for any student or person that is interested in working with people with disabilities. It's a perfect reminder to appreciate life.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability