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Freedom Machines

by Richard Cox, Janet Cole and Jamie Stobie


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FREEDOM MACHINES dramatically broadens the concept of diversity through the intimate stories of adults and children with disabilities who are using modern technologies to change their lives. Among them are Susanna who is beginning her college career, 38 year old Floyd Stewart who was paralyzed in mid-life while raising four children; 92 year old Gladys who is determined to overcome a hearing loss; and high school student Latoya Nesmith who dreams of becoming a translator at the U.N. Fifteen years after passage of the ADA, FREEDOM MACHINES is a riveting reflection on the status of life of America's largest minority group: 55 million people with disabilities.

quoteAs a university administrator and former judge, it is my hope that this remarkable film will be shown to faculty, staff, and students on campuses throughout this country.
LaDoris H. Cordell, Special Counselor to the President for Campus Relations
Stanford University

quoteREMARKABLE ... FREEDOM MACHINES manages a near-perfect balance of compassion, humor, political insight, and deep admiration for the people it profiles--individuals whose lives have been significantly improved by new technologies that bring hope where none existed before. ***1/2
J. Shannon
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quoteFREEDOM MACHINES is the gigantic wake-up call needed by future teachers. I can think of no better way to challenge our attitudes and thinking than by viewing this film.
Professor Mary Male
San Jose State University

quoteA good addition to any public or academic library collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Beth Traylor, University of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee
Educational Media Reviews Online
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quoteFREEDOM MACHINES is required viewing for teachers, service providers, policy makers, and anyone who works with disabled children, adults, or seniors. This film makes you think differently and opens your mind to what's possible. When people have the support they need, they soar.
Andy Imparato, President and CEO
American Association of People with Disabilities

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  • PBS Fall Special on POV
  • 2012 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO
  • Council on Foundations Film Festival
  • A.T. Network Outreach Award
  • FIRST LEGO League NO LIMITS World Festival
  • ADA Anniversary, Dept. of Commerce, Washington DC

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Appropriate for: Middle School High School College/University

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DVD: Bilingual English-Spanish with Captions, Video Description, Talking Menus, enhanced with 4 new Chapters, Study Guide, Lesson Plan, Resources.

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