For the eighth year, Millersville University is putting the issues of disability on center stage with the Disability Film Festival. The 2019 festival featured three full-length and five short films. Each of the films are screened from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Myers Auditorium in McComsey Hall.
“Understanding ableism – the notion of favoring able-bodied people, and each of our roles in undoing ableist acting is important to each Millersville student, staff and faculty,” says Dr. Thomas Neuville, faculty advisor for Integrated Studies at Millersville. “We act as role models for our entire community and each film provides an opportunity to gain an inclusive perspective through film and discussion.”
The festival has one final film upcoming. On Nov. 5, the film “2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional” will conclude the festival. The film is a sequel to Thomas Ropelewski’s “2e: Twice Exceptional” and follows teachers of Bridges Academy, a school in Los Angeles that focuses on educating highly gifted students with learning disabilities. The teachers develop creative techniques to prepare the unique minds to find their places in the world. After the film screening, Dr. Charlton Wolfgang facilitates a panel for a post screening discussion.
MU’s annual Disability Film Festival is one part of the Disability Arts programing and is funded by the Office of the Provost and sponsored by the Applied Disability Studies, MU Integrated Studies, MU ADAPT, the President’s Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity and the President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.
The film screening is free to attend and open to the public. More information can be found by contacting Dr. Thomas Neuville by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.