Sydney Film Festival Models Inclusion



Universal Design includes places and products but it also encompasses policies and services. Sandra Vassallo, editor of highlights this example of inclusion in the latest News Udate:

Sydney Film Festival in partnership with Accessible Arts have revealed an enticing and moving Accessible Cinema program as part of the upcoming festival next month.

The Accessible Cinema festival program has two goals. The first is providing access and making films more accessible for people with a disability. This includes initiatives such as hearing loops, Auslan interpretations, wheelchair access, audio descriptions and closed captioning. In addition, the Festival wanted to take it one step further and offer a strand in the program that screened films made by or about people with disability.

Working with Accessible Arts, Sydney Film Festival is thrilled to be screening a powerful program of films about people with disability, for all film-goers.

Highlights include:

* Autism Every Day: moving film about the life of eight families with children who have Autism
* Blindsight: the awe-inspiring journey of blind Tibetan teens who climb Mount Everest. Hear and Now: winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary, follows a couple's decision to undergo cochlear implant surgery after 65 years. Their journey is documented by their filmmaker daughter
* Braindamajd'd … Take II: follows filmmaker Paul Nadler's amazing take on Traumatic Brain Injury

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