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In Ghana, people with disabilities are often neglected and not allowed to work. Disability is seen as a punishment from the gods and results in many disabled Africans becoming beggars. Born with a malformed right leg, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah has a mission to change the perception of disabled people in Africa and throughout the world.
This film showcases the efforts of the Habib family to fight for social and educational inclusion for their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy. The film also includes four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts.
Darius Goes West
15 year old Darius Weems has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal illness that took his brother's life at 19. Darius takes a trip of a lifetime from his native Georgia to California to get his wheelchair customized by MTV's Pimp My Ride. Along the way he raises awareness for the disorder.
This documentary is about highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. They play their own version of the full-contact sport in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. The players break down stereotypes about the disabled.
The life of artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing to her worldwide fame and controversy that surrounded both her and her husband, Diego Rivera. Kahlo had polio as a child and sustained a back injury during a car accident later in life. It is thought that her disability influenced her art work.
The Theory of Everything
This movie provides a portrayal of Stephan Hawkins life. Hawkins made significant advances to the field of theoretical physics. He was also diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
This film explores the often overlooked intersection between disability and sexuality. Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O'Brien decides to lose his virginity to a sex therapist.
Men of Honor
Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays Carl Brashear on his journey to become the Navy's first African American diver, who is also an amputee.
Television Characters with a Physical Disability
Walter "Flynn" White Jr.-Breaking Bad (Cerebral Palsy)
Dr. Gabriel Fife-Private Practice (Uses a wheelchair)
Artie Abrams-Glee (Paraplegic)
Bran-Game of Thrones (Paraplegic)
Gregory House-House (Leg injury, uses a cane)
JJ DiMeo-Speechless (Cerebral Palsy)
Isaac-Sex Education (Uses a wheelchair)
Please note that these films do not necessarily portray the experience of any or all individuals who have a physical disability.