Spring 2009

Spring 2009’s Disability Council meetings

Meeting Dates – all meetings 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Room TBA:
February 3rd
March 3rd
April 7th
For information and/or accommodations, contact Alicia Blegen, Faye Ginsburg, or Ann Goerdt.


NYU’s Council for the Study of Disability and the Disability Network of NYC are proud to bring disTHIS!* to NYU
DisTHIS! / Late Bloomer (Japanese, 2004) April 6, 2009 19 University Place, Room 102 Doors Open at 6:30pm (refreshments available) Screening starts at 7 PM sharp.

Disabled with cerebral palsy, all he wanted was to hang out with his pals, just like anybody else. Beer, rock and roll, and women. But when his best friend steals his secret love, he launches into a cold- blooded rampage of revenge. In an electrifying debut performance, the film’s star, Masakiyo Sumida, speaks on-screen and off-screen using a text-to-speech voice synthesizer. Indicative of the common misperceptions about the disabled, some Japanese marketing executives even advised the director to cast an able-bodied actor to play a disabled man in the leading role.

For more information, go to: http://disthis.org
To RSVP and reserve YOUR seat, call 212-284-4160 or email: disthis@dnnyc.net


Creating Media for Young People, with and without Disabilities
Fearless Theater Company:http://www.fearlesstheatercompany.org/

April 2, 2009
5 Washington Place, Room 101
6:20-9:00 pm

More Info:
Participants/Panelists from the Fearless Theater Company will include:
Director Louise Tiranoff, PhD
Co-Director Lynne McVeigh, Associate Professor of Children’s Media, Tisch
Christina Trivigno, Steinhardt Alum
Tommy Gee, Senior Member
Beth Christenberry, Senior Member & Tisch Student
Samantha Myers
Kim Rozzi, Board Member
Ralph Favilla, Composer in Residence

All will share their experiences in acting, writing, and producing theater and media for young people and families. Excerpts from the latest performances in the Abrons Festival at the Henry Street Settlement House will be shown.


DisTHIS!, NAKED on the inside: a quadruple feature!
March 30th
19 University Place, Room 102
Doors Open at 6:30pm (refreshments available)
Screening starts at 7 PM sharp.

More Info: In this extraordinary, revealing film, six people share their feelings about their bodies with award winning Australian director Kim Farrant. It will be followed by 3 short films, including GIMP Boot Camp and Sexxxy.
For more information, go to: http://disthis.org
To RSVP and reserve YOUR seat, call 212-284-4160 or email: disthis@dnnyc.net


Join us for the premiere Screening and discussion of “How’s Your News?”
Monday, February 2, 2009
19 University Place, Room 102
Doors Open at 6:30pm (refreshments available)
Screening starts at 7 PM sharp.
followed by Q & A with How’s Your News crew

The latest work of How’s Your News? — premiering on MTV on Feb 8 — follows a team of reporters with disabilities who travel across the nation interviewing people on the street including celebrities, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ben Affleck, and John Stamos. How’s Your News began with workshops in 1998 at Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp for people with disabilities; The work gained a cult following; in 2004 they released a short documentary on their trips to the Democrat and Republican National conventions and now, in 2009, is launching the first MTV series with a focus on disability.

For more information, go to: http://disthis.org
To RSVP and reserve YOUR seat, call 212-284-4160 or email: disthis@dnnyc.net
For more on How’s Your News? http://www.howsyournews.com/archives/category/news

*Save these dates for future screenings:
March 2, April 6, and May 4
All times and locations remain the same.
disThis is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and generous support of the United Way of NYC, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the Screen Actors Guild, the NYU Community Fund, Bat Entertainment and our members.