People In Motion, Series II

Video #1: A New Sense of Place
60 minutes, 1996, CC

This program profiles individuals who have found a way to "ramp" their way into the world -- in front of orchestras, in the glare of news cameras, on the walls of galleries, and in the workplace. Among them is Grammy Award winner Evelyn Glennie, considered one of the world's leading solo percussionists, and profoundly deaf since the age of 12; and NBC News correspondent John Hockenberry, partially paralyzed since the age of 19, who travels the world to report the news. Also featured in the program is a legally bind woman who is not only a district attorney but an accomplished athlete as well.

Video #2: Breaking the Silence Barrier
60 minutes, 1996, CC

This program reports on creative technologies that are being used to help people with autism, traumatic brain injuries, and learning and speech disabilities. Temple Grandin, the autistic woman with a Ph.D. in animal science, explains her "squeeze machine" which uses deep pressure therapy to help ease the hyperacute sensory dysfunction that often accompanies autism. Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks shares his views on how people with autism can find meaning in their own distinctive way. Also profiled is Bob Williams, who is the first person with a significant speech disability to hold a major Federal office, and several people with learning disabilities and traumatic brain injuries who have improved their lives by using multimedia software programs.

Video #3: Without Barriers or Borders
60 minutes, 1996, CC

More than half a billion people throughout the world have disabilities and most share the same problems. This program explores the burgeoning global movement for independent living and how people with disabilities are reshaping the world in which they live. Among the efforts featured in this program are: a group of disabled high school students from Russia who learn confidence, teamwork and communication skills through whitewater rafting; Japanese activists who are working to break down cultural barriers and persuade their society to provide access to transportation and buildings; and a Cambodian clinic where over half the workers have disabilities.

Stereotypes and misconceptions can often create the most daunting obstacles for people with disabilities. This series, hosted by Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, features compelling stories about how technology is reshapingthe lives of people with disablities andt ransforming society's attitudes about who they are and what they can do.

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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