ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Baruch Student Disability Services and BPAC (Baruch Performing Arts Center)

Student Disability Services is delighted to be collaborating with BPAC (Baruch Performing Arts Center) to bring ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York screenings to Baruch in March.

I hope you will join us in our efforts to promote disability culture at CUNY by attending one, or both, of these screenings.  We really need your support, and we are certain you will enjoy the screenings!

Please right click and select “Open Hyperlink” to obtain tickets to the Screenings.  Students are free but you need to get a ticket.

Here is a link to Defiant Lives

Here is a link to Deej


March 8, at 1:00 PM (club hours)

Defiant Lives (72-minute film)

Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with reflective interviews and the personal stories of men and women with disabilities as they fought for independence and control over their lives, Defiant Lives details the rise of the disability rights movement in Austraia, the U.K, and the US.

Following the film,   Director Sarah Barton along with Professor Debbie Kaminer of the Zicklin School of Business will be on hand to discuss.


March 12, at 6:00 PM

Design-Ability : 33 minutes

The design studio La Casa de Carlota in Barcelona harnesses the unique skills of a creative team

that includes members with Down syndrome and autism.


Deej – 72 minutes

DJ Savarese (“Deej”) finds comfort in words, as expressed by his poetry belying his high school

senior standing. Yet he only “speaks” through a text-to-voice synthesizer. Adopted by a loving

and supportive family, Deej navigates the college admissions process as a young adult on the

autistic spectrum, while confronting obstacles to inclusion.

Following the Film, Deej along with an ASD Clinician from Einstein College will be on hand to discuss.


Thank you to everyone for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the events!

Student Disability Services/Baruch College


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