Parents Can't Fix It A highly informative and educational video for anyone who needs to know what
it's truly like to raise a child with a disability.
"When Parents Can't Fix It" is an
up-close and personal look at the day-in-and-day-out lives of five families
raising children with disabilities.
Organized into five segments, each approximately 12 minutes in length, the
program depicts the real life challenges and heartbreaks, as well as the
triumphs and strengths of five families who find themselves thrust into a
world apart from the mainstream. Told through the eyes of parents raising
these children, the film takes you into the lives of...
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16-year-old with muscular dystrophy, facing a progressive terminal
a six-year-old with autism, struggling with medical problems
and self-injurious behavior.
a Native American teen whose violent outbursts related to Fetal Alcohol Effects throw her into the justice system.
six-year-old, partially deaf and blind and with mental retardation,
growing up in a close-knit African American family.
a teen with cerebral palsy entering adulthood as his parents
face issues of placement outside of the home.
Ideal for in-service training, workshops and seminars on topics of disability.
A must see for...
Child welfare caseworkers, supervisors, administrators and case aides
Social workers and social work students
Medical professionals and medical students, including doctors, nurses,
psychologists, speech pathologists, audiologists and therapists
Teachers who have students with disabilities in the classroom
Home health care workers and administrators
Parent advocates and support groups
New parents and families raising a child with a developmental disability
Administrators of federal and state funding programs, including SSI and
Personnel involved in handicapped accessibility programs
Medical libraries, health libraries, college and university libraries
Anyone interested in social and cultural issues related to disabilities
This 58-minute documentary video, shot over the course of a year and a half,
reels viewers into an unusually honest look at what it takes to raise a child
with a disability in the context of a world designed to reward, "the
fastest, the smartest, the most physically attractive..." Broadcast
regionally on PBS, the program is co-produced by Sharon Thompson, Sixth Street
Productions and Dr. Virginia Cruz. Dr. Cruz has
spent more then 20 years in the research, study and education of issues
relating to disabilities.
The program takes a no-hold-barred look at * family strengths and coping
styles * the financial realities * medical complexities * emotional and
physical tolls visited on families * educational issues * home health care
issues * the importance and pitfalls of respite care * out-of-home placement *
dangers of child abuse for this population * and many other issues.