What Do You See? Perceptions of Disability
View the movie below and then proceed to the Initial Thoughts section (time: 1:28).
- Benjamin (little boy with red cups) is courtesy of the IRIS Center.
- John Cronin is courtesy of John’s Crazy Socks.
- Michael Hingson is courtesy of Michael Hingson.
- Dylan, Mia, and family is courtesy of the IRIS Center.
- Tony Melendez is courtesy of Tony Melendez.
- Russ and Melody Stein is courtesy of Russ and Melody Stine, photograph by Clare Cassidy Photography.
- Kathy D. Woods is courtesy Kathy D. Woods.
- The Smith family is courtesy of the IRIS Center.
- Jay and the Music City Thunder is courtesy of the IRIS Center.
The Challenge movie displays eight photographs that then combine to form a collage. A description of each image follows.
- Picture One: A young boy smiles while holding two red plastic cups over a tub filled with dried beans.
- Picture two: A young man with Down syndrome poses in front of a banner advertising a business.
- Picture three: A middle-aged man pets his service dog.
- Picture four: A family of four—a woman, a man, and a young boy and girl—smile for a photograph in their home.
- Picture five: A man without arms plays a guitar on stage using his bare feet and toes.
- Picture six: A man and a woman in chef’s coats pose outside a restaurant on a city street.
- Picture seven: A woman of short stature poses in front of a rack of clothing on a floormat emblazoned with a business logo and the name “Kathy Woods.”
- Picture eight: A family of four—a woman, a man, an adult son, and a teenage son—pose together for a photograph in their home.
- Picture nine: A young boy in a wheelchair plays basketball.
The movie ends.
Here is your Challenge:
- What feelings did you have about the photos?
- What thoughts did you have about the individuals in this challenge?
- Do perceptions matter?