"Freedom Machines" Program in Spanish & English on DVD

The Community Technology Foundation of California (Full Disclosure: where I am a ZeroDivide Fellow) is a funder of the new DVD release of the exemplary Assistive Technology/Universal Design program from PBS, "Freedom Machines." Read on to find out how to purchase a copy at discount.

(San Francisco, December 9, 2005) The producers of the groundbreaking PBS program announced a special release today of the FREEDOM MACHINES DVD Education Package, a powerful new resource for university and secondary school educators, school districts, staff and professional development, and government and community agencies.

FREEDOM MACHINES premiered as a PBS Fall Special on the award-winning POV series. The film has been praised as "an essential primer on disability in the age of technology" for its exploration of the ways people are recasting their lives with the help of new technologies. Through the stories of adults and children ages 8-93, the film reveals the human and social benefits of providing access to life-enhancing tools to people with disabilities.

-SPECIAL OFFER: 35% introductory discount if ordered by December 31, 2005

The FREEDOM MACHINES DVD Education Package provides an easy to navigate, interactive experience. Among a handful of DVDs worldwide with full accessibility features--including Talking Menus and Video Description for viewers with visual impairments--this innovative product is one of the first in a bilingual format available to users of all physical abilities. It includes:

-Director/producer Jamie Stobie's cut of the PBS program, FREEDOM MACHINES, re-designed for instructional use with chapter cues and segment running times.

-Four new segments with practical information on the types of assistive technology available today, legal rights and advocacy for people with disabilities, how to obtain necessary technology, and Universal Design.

-Downloadable, interactive resources and web support for educators and facilitators.

Executive Producer Janet Cole whose credits include the Oscar�-nominated "Regret to Inform" and "Promises" said, "Fifteen years after the ADA, FREEDOM MACHINES reflects on our nation's commitment to our largest minority group, people with disabilities. Today, physical or mental impairments need not be impediments if people have access to necessary technologies, services, and accommodations. Human ingenuity and technology have evolved exponentially. Now the real challenge is mobilizing the social will to dismantle outmoded stereotypes and nurture the talents of 20% of our citizens."

�FREEDOM MACHINES is required viewing for teachers, service providers, policy makers, and anyone who works with disabled children, adults, or seniors."
--Andy Imparato, President & CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

"REMARKABLE. FREEDOM MACHINES manages a near-perfect balance of compassion, humor, political insight, and deep admiration for the people it profiles--individuals whose lives have been significantly improved by new technologies that bring hope where none existed before. 3.5 STARS."
--Video Librarian

�FREEDOM MACHINES is the gigantic wake-up call needed by future teachers. I can think of no better way to challenge our attitudes and thinking than by viewing this film."
--Mary Male, Professor, San Jose State University

TO ORDER the FREEDOM MACHINES Education Package visit www.freedommachines.com. Enter the promo code VYSA8S for a 35% discount if ordered before December 31st. For more information, please call: 415-821-3791

FREEDOM MACHINES was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC), The California Endowment, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Support for the production of the DVD Education Package was provided by SBC, the Community Technology Foundation of California, the Price-Galinson Trust, and Parents Helping Parents with funds from the California Consumer Protection Foundation. Translations were provided by the SBC Spanish Translation Group.

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