As many of you know, in addition to being the morning news voice on several Toledo radio stations, I have managed an alter ego as the Public Information Manager for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. One of the most rewarding aspects of the job has been my ability to witness first hand how individuals who had once been shunned into segregated settings have become successful in their endeavors in the community.
Day after day they are breaking down the attitudinal barriers that have stood in the way of full access to employment, housing and social activities.
Sunday, we all will have a chance to bear witness to inspiring stories of how people with developmental disabilities are replacing negative attitudes with awareness and understanding. The fourth annual CommUNITY Film Festival features amateur videos, made by individuals with disabilities, that really do “challenge our assumptions and enhance respect for individuals with disabilities.”
The CommUNITY Film Fest is free on Sunday, March 4, at the Ohio Theater in Toledo on Lagrange.