Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Through My Lens - Amplifying Voices of People with Disabilities Through Original Media

Saturday, November 10
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room 6 - Convention Center

Mr. Davenport, an award-winning film producer with cerebral palsy utilizes film and original media to explore the social perspective on living with a developmental disability, including longstanding physical therapy. He will share three short films that he created, and engage participants in discussion after each one regarding how the film can be used to change societal perception of disability. As part of his series "Concerning Barriers", the following three films will be shown and discussed: "A Cerebral Game", "RAMPED UP", and "Wheelchair Diaries". In "A Cerebral Game", Reid talks candidly about how baseball was about belonging and his adolescent life; "Ramped Up" explores the dichotomy of the ADA ensuring access yet promoting litigious behavior; and "Wheelchair Diaries" takes us on Reid's study abroad trip through Europe - a trip that most people tried to talk him out of making.

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Reid Davenport, MFA in Documentary Film, TED Fellow, CEO of organization amplifying voices of disabled people

Through My Lens

Reid Davenport explores the perspective of people with disabilities through original media. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University. He is a 2017 TED Fellow, and presented at the annual TED conference in Vancouver. His film awards include Best Short Documentary at the 2013 Awareness Film Festival (“Wheelchair Diaries”), the Artistic Visions Award at the 2016 Big Sky Documentary Festival (“A Cerebral Game”) and the Enerson Foundation Production Grant (“RAMPED UP”). Reid co-founded Through My Lens, an organization that teaches students with and without disabilities how to collaboratively make films.


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Lorraine Sylvester

Lorrie works in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center. A PT for 30+ years, she also holds a PhD in Special Education. She teaches and consults on related services and assistive technology for youth and adults with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She is a member of TASH, AAIDD, and CEC, and she is past Region VII Director for the Academy of Pediatric PT, and Vice-Chair of the Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group, and member of the School-Based SIG.


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