People In Motion, Series I

Video #1: Redesigning the Human Machine
60 minutes, 1995, CC

Just how far can researchers go in creating mechanical substitutes for human joints, bones, and nerves? This program explores the use of technological advances. Virtual reality is being used as a learning tool for children with disabilities, as an assistive technology for Parkinson's Disease patients, and as a form of empowerment for the disabled. The program also examines the potential use of robotics to assist people with limited mobility. Cochlear implants are also explained: while these implants can help some people to hear, they are considered a controversial form of treatment by others.

Video #2: Ready to Live
60 minutes, 1995, CC

All too often, attitudes towards people with disabilities are based upon the inability of the disabled to master certain physical skills. Being disabled means being different, not inferior. This program looks at ways adaptive technologies help people with disabilities find independence. Included are profiles of a world-class runner who uses an advanced prosthetic leg; a Bosnian solider whose life is transformed by a pair of artificial hands; a national disability rights activist, once called a "helpless cripple,: who became one of the founders of the "Independent Living Movement"; and a woman who inspired a revolution in wheelchair design.

Video #3: Ways to Move
60 minutes, 1995, CC

The obstacles disabled people face are often as much the result of society's attitudes as they are the physical limitations of their bodies. "Ways to Move" contains three stories which explore the debate between what has been called the medical model of disability (in which disability is a challenge to be cured) and the independence model (in which the challenge is to make society more accessible). Viewers meet individuals who shatter stereotypes about disability: dancers who use wheelchairs as part of their choreography; researchers on the quest for a cure for paralysis; and a candidate running for Congress who happens to be disabled.

PEOPLE IN MOTION is hosted by internationall renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. One of the most acclaimed musicians of all time, Mr. Perlman's presence on stage, on camera and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of people with disabilities, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.

A production of Thirteen-WNET
Produced, Directed and Written by Lyn Goldfarb
Narrator: Victoria Anne-Lewis
Original Music by Michael Whalen
Associate Producer Peter Burman
Director of Research Anatoli M. Ilyashov
Executive in Charge George page
Executive Producer Bill Einreinhofer

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