Online Program


Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Growing enrollment of students with disabilities in postsecondary education, along with key legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (both of 2008), have significantly increased the number of students with disabilities on campuses across the U.S.  The National Center for Education Statistics report that over 700,000 students identified as disabled and anticipate that this number will continue to grow.  As it does, the necessity for intelligently designed adaptations for these students becomes ever more apparent.  It demonstrates the capability of individuals with a disability in a university setting, and the enormously positive impact of inclusive systems.

The film is a triptych exploring the ways it is possible for people with a spectrum of abilities to succeed within the university community.  Each piece is an immersive experience that gives perspective to the three subjects: Q, a vibrant young man and wheelchair user who finds freedom and serenity in the waters of a pool; Brigid, the first person with a severe disability to complete NYU’s rigorous film program; Sheldon, who, with the help of a university learning specialist, is finally beginning to understand his undiagnosed learning disability.  These short films are effective illustrations of the ways in which thoughtful, and often simple, compliance enables achievement.  To this end, the documentary's universal accessibility - it is available with both closed captioning and audio description - is one of the piece’s most important attributes, enabling universal participation while setting an important example.  Our presentation of the film will touch on the methods of making media accessible. 

The focus of the film is ability, accomplishment, and hard earned achievement.  The goal is to further the understanding of adaptive use and universal design among university staff, administrators, contractors, and faculty, by demonstrating the successes of real people in their real lives. It models inclusion, accessibility, and peer to peer interaction.


Welcome Change Productions

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New York, NY 10014

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Define the concepts of accessibility and universal accessibility for persons with a physical, intellectual, developmental and/or learning disability Describe what makes a given situation, task, system, or place accessible or inaccessible for persons with a physical, intellectual, developmental and/or learning disability Identify and/or predict aspects and/or features of a given situation, task, system, or place that may be accessible or inaccessible Demonstrate through anecdotal example how simple accommodations can maximize the accessibility of a given situation, task, system, or place for people with physical, intellectual, developmental, and/or learning disabilities

Keyword(s): Diversity and culture

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Alice Elliott is the director of the Academy Award nominated The Collector of Bedford Street and the PBS award winning Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy, two short documentaries on individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities who have made profound impact on their communities. Alice's most recent project, ACTIVATE HERE!, is a training series on self-advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and was made in partnership with several disability advocacy organizations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.