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The Ability Exchange (2016)

"The Ability Exchange" is a documentary about an innovative Disability Studies class at NYU Tandon where engineering students and adults with cerebral palsy learn to communicate, connect, and cultivate their abilities by making movies.

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Bing Wang

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Bing Wang
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An intimate documentary film that delves into an innovative Disability Studies course at NYU Tandon where engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy team up to make movies. This observational "empathy engine" illustrates the trajectory of personal growth and bonding that these first time filmmakers experience in the classroom and beyond, during a journey of which the line between ability and disability gets blurred, traditionally assigned roles of "filmmakers" and "subjects" blend, and the definitions of "normalcy" and "inspiration" are challenged. "The Ability Exchange" invites the viewer to reflect on what it takes to understand and appreciate a person, a community, a culture, and how this exchange of abilities and perspectives empowers lives.

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A documentary about disability, inclusion, and empathy in the classroom and beyond

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English

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10 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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About 56.7 million people-19 percent of the U.S. population-had a disability in 2010. However, characters with disabilities are "invisible" on major broadcast networks. Of 647 regular characters who appear on scripted prime-time television, only five (less than 1%) have disabilities, and these roles are generally played by actors without physical disabilities. The disability community needs the unique, accurate and compelling perspectives of people with disabilities (PwDs) on media. See more »

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A phenomenal movie
3 December 2016 | by pspringer-82779See all my reviews

This is a phenomenal movie about an extremely important subject. The Ability Exchange shows an innovative teacher working with engineering students, exposing them to people with disabilities in order to help them understand that all people are human beings in an attempt to break through barriers. Through the course of the movie you see how these students change in their understanding of people who are "different" from them. The movie is moving without being sentimental. It shows real people , with real emotions and experiences.

The director has done an incredible job of allowing all the people to speak for themselves. The movie is beautifully edited, music is subtle and moving and all in all a masterpiece in filmmaking.


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