Disabilities in the Media

Instructions: Review two (2) films of your choice and answer the six questions that follow on both films. (Type each question as well as your two responses to each question). Your answers need not be lengthy; however, make sure to address all parts of each question. The language you use in all assignments in this class is important. For example, avoid using sexist terms or other language which is disrespectful to individuals or groups. It’s imperative that you use “people first” language when referring to individuals with disabilities.You may choose two videos on your own video/dvd or select two from the following list: 
Rain Man
My Left
Music Within 
The Other Sister
Scent of a Woman
I Am Sam

Is the main character of the movie perceived or identified as having a disability by the other characters in this movie? Describe the scene in which the supporting character identifies the disability.

Examine the family support of the main character of the movie. Provide details describing the main character’s relationship with family members, as well as the family members’ perceptions of the main character. In your opinion, what type of effect would the family members’ behaviors have on your ability to work with and place the main character in a working environment?

How was the main character of the movie incorporated into the community? Describe how the main character was included in (or excluded from) community life.

Imagine you are the rehabilitation counselor or employment specialist for the main character. What would be your keys (tools) to assist the main character in his/her efforts to become gainfully employed? What setting of the movie seems most appropriate for employing your “client,” and why?

Imagine you are an individual in the general public with limited knowledge about disability. What sort of effect do you think this movie would have on your perception of people with disabilities? What could have been changed in the movie to make it more respectful and supportive of disability rights?

Which of the two films would you recommend to a friend and why?

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