American society has long been uncomfortable as to "what to do" with their disabled citizens. For many years, those with disabilities were responded to with shame and denial, and isolation was encouraged. Later, separation with compassion resulted in the development of institutions, but not treatment. This film sensitively presents the budding of an era of acceptance and the dire need for intervention, combining a dramatic narrative with a "real life" investigation of the challenges faced by developmentally delayed children living in residential settings. The film and discussion provides participants a sensitive, historical exposure of societal attitudes toward childhood developmental disabilities, and the beginning of meaningful interventions.
Friday, October 31, 2008: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Jolie S. Brams, Ph.D.
Alice R. Mao, M.D. and Frieda A. Fotouh, M.D.