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Films Involving Disabilities

  • Published: 2009-05-12 (Revised/Updated 2016-09-24) : Disabled World.
  • Synopsis: Films Involving Disabilities presents listings of feature films and documentaries which involve persons with disabilities.

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The Films Involving Disabilities website presents detailed listings of over three-thousand feature films and documentaries which involve persons with disabilities.

The films the site lists are separated into two different categories - major films and minor films.

The films are often reviewed, or include a summary as well as links to further information.

The site is directed towards teachers, students and anyone who has an interest in how disability is represented in films.

The Films Involving Disabilities site has a number of categories of disability-related areas it focuses on, to include:

Polio
Blind
Deaf
A.I.D.S.
Cancer
Autism
General
Amnesia
Amputee
Dwarfism
Stuttering
Limb & Spinal
Disfigurement
Mental Disability
Documentaries
Learning Difficulty/Retardation

The Films Involving Disabilities site also presents books and articles related to persons with disabilities, film, television, and the media. There are many different and worthwhile book titles shown on the site; a few examples include:

Disability Drama in Television and Film. Lauri E. Klobas
Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness. Otto F. Wahl
Images of the disabled, disabling images. A & Joe Gartner (Eds.)
The Cinema of Isolation: A history of physical disability in the movies. Martin F. Norden
Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment Industry. John S. Schuchman
Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring physical disability in American culture & literature: Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Two of the many examples of articles available on the Films Involving Disabilities website include:

Short articles called "I Hate Tiny Tim"
Multiple Personality Disorder: Witchcraft Survives in the Twentieth Century
August Piper Jr.

The creator of the Films Involving Disabilities website, David Greenhalgh, experienced a disability himself in his mid-forties, being diagnosed with Cervical Spondylosis. After becoming disabled he decided to create a database of disability resources involving his hobby related to films and books. David designed Films Involving Disabilities in 1994 and the site remains unique in its scope of presentation today. In relation to his website David stated, "There are hundreds of disability-related sites offering general information, but I think the more specialized ones are the most useful."

David was a teacher for many years and continues to educate others. While he is not published, he has written several items; to include a novel about a rabbit, a detective novel, a radio play, as well as short pieces concerning disability. Along with the website he has created on Films Involving Disabilities, David continues to both educate and change the world in constructive ways.

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