Friday Sessions

Video Theatre



Two Worlds, One Planet

The incidence of Asperger syndrome and other forms of autism in the United States appear to be increasing dramatically. This powerful, eye-opening documentary brings the issue out of the shadows, stressing that young people with these developmental disabilities can learn and grow if their individual needs, styles, and abilities are respected. Two Worlds, One Planet takes an upbeat look at students attending Gateway Academy, a private K-12 day school specializing in youth with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Running time: 62 minutes


Changing Your Mind

Changing Your Mind is based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge. Dr. Doidge takes us through some very compelling neurological cases to illustrate how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders. We explore the latest research that is offering hope to those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and even schizophrenia. Running time: 44 minutes


Positively Autistic

Is autism a disability, a mental disorder, or just a difference? Since the early 90's, an autistic rights movement has challenged accepted views of autism, and worked to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet some of the people at the forefront of this growing movement, and find out what they see as the positive aspects of living with autism. Running time: 21 minutes



For more than a decade, Judith Scott (1943 - 2005) was deeply involved in making large, colorful body-like sculptures out of found objects and yarn. Her works are abstract, dense, multilayered and, ultimately, a mystery, and she could not tell us what they mean, or what inspired her to create these objects. Judith had Down syndrome, was deaf and did not speak. These sculptures were her most complex means of communication.

Judith spent 35 years institutionalized, with no creative outlet. Because of her deafness, she had been misdiagnosed as having an IQ of only 30; her parents were told that there was no hope of her ever accomplishing anything. It was only when her twin sister Joyce regained custody of Judith in the 1980’s that her creative life began to blossom. Running time: 26 minutes




Round Table Discussions


CMS Home and Community-Based Services Rule Change 

Join us for a discussion on how the new CMS rule will shape the services you provide.


Strategies for Employee Recruitment

As the economy grows stronger, so does the job market for direct support professionals. Share your unique recruitment and retention strategies for keeping your positions filled.


Supporting Individuals with Technology

Technology has greatly impacted our lives and those of the people we support. Share your success stories and the struggles you have experienced using technology in everyday situations.