Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Programming

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Programming

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! We’ve put together a special lineup of programs to raise awareness as part of our Move to Include initiative.

Move to Include is a national initiative that uses the power of public media to promote inclusion. It spotlights people of differing abilities and issues of importance to those with disabilities, including education, healthcare, housing, recreation and employment. The initiative works to inspire and motivate people to embrace people of all different abilities in all aspects of community life.

Move to Include is locally funded by a grant from the Charles D. Berry Foundation. If you watch any of this programming or interact with us at an event this month, please help us report to our funders by taking this survey:

Touching the Sound

Sunday, March 24, at 1pm on ThinkTV16

Trace the artistic development of young pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii as he becomes a remarkable musician, undeterred by his lifelong blindness. Follow him from his early ability to play piano by ear, to his gold medal triumph in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to his debut at Carnegie Hall. Watch it now:

Unconditional: Healing Hidden Wounds

Monday, March 11, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Mental health issues and questions of emotional wellness challenge some 50 million family caregivers each year, and often they do not know it. Filmed over seven years, the cinema verite film follows three very different families as they discover the impacts, stresses and rewards of caregiving for their loved ones living with disabilities. Learn more:

POV: He’s My Brother

Friday, March 15, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Told through Christine’s eyes, He’s My Brother explores how the family works to assure a dignified life for her brother Peter, born with multiple disabilities, once the parents are gone – and Christine’s uncertainties about one day becoming his primary caregiver. Watch a preview:

Empowered by Parkinson’s

Friday, March 15, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Discover the stories of individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and have been able to reclaim their lives by mitigating their symptoms. The documentary explores a holistic approach to wellness for people living with Parkinson’s and illuminates the benefits of continued exercise in the lives of real patients. The film also introduces cutting-edge possibilities for future treatment. Watch it now:

The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook

Friday, March 15, at 10:30pm on ThinkTV16

2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Geraldo Rivera’s exposé of Willowbrook State School. The report shocked the nation and forever changed the treatment of people with disabilities. This documentary is a celebration of inclusion in all aspects of community life. Watch it now:

Get Busy Living

Sunday, April 7, at 4pm on ThinkTV16

Follow one thrill-seeking couple’s unique love story. He survived a crippling skydiving accident. She supported him through a painful recovery. Together they aspired to jump out of a plane again.

The Greatest Bond

Friday, March 29, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Follow this inspirational and heartwarming documentary, which highlights the journey of disabled veterans whose lives are forever changed through the unconditional love of service dogs that have been expertly trained by female prison inmates. Join three veterans as they meet their service dog and work directly with the inmates in a Texas women’s prison. Watch a preview:

Inside Our Autistic Minds

Part 1: Monday, March 18, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Part 2: Monday, March 25, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Chris Packham harnesses the technology of CGI, animation and pioneering virtual reality projects to transform the lives of four autistic people. By teaming up with top film-makers, graphic designers, animators and musicians, he helps them create short films to reveal to their family and friends how they’re truly feeling and what’s really going on in their autistic minds. Learn more:

POV: Unseen

Thursday, March 21, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

As a blind, undocumented immigrant, Pedro faces uncertainty to obtain his college degree, become a social worker, and support his family. Through experimental cinematography and sound, Unseen reimagines the accessibility of cinema, while exploring the intersections of immigration, disability, and mental health. Learn more on the POV website:

American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller

Saturday, March 23, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Revisit the complex life and legacy of the author, advocate and human rights pioneer. Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, championed rights for women, people with disabilities and people living in poverty. Watch a preview:

Going Blind

Sunday, April 7, at 1pm on ThinkTV16

After years of slowly losing his sight due to glaucoma, director Joseph Lovett decides to take action: to investigate how people all over the country respond to vision-loss. Going Blind interweaves Joe’s story with that of his fellow subjects and invites us into the intimate spaces of the visually impaired and blind.