Disabled Women: Visions and Voices from the 4th World Conference on Women

Summary: A 13 minute video - a photo & audio documentary celebrating the experiences and accomplishments of disabled women at the 1st International Symposium on Issues of Women with Disabilities, the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women and NGO Forum held in Beijing, China in the fall of 1995. Disabled women from around the world passionately share their concerns and successes. Their stories demonstrate the diversity & commonality of women's issues. Booklet included.

Project Description: Disability Media Project (the name of the organization) is committed to using MEDIA (e-mail, video, web, books, etc.) to facilitate communication by and about women with disabilities. It is important to break the isolation that we experience as disabled women and to communicate with, organize and support each other. We have a commitment that project must be from the "voice" and perspective of disabled women.

Empowerment of disabled women and girls: This "project" grew out of a need -- and began by disabled women activists who "just did it" and was built on the work of disabled women who "just did it". The video was built on what a larger group of women did because "it had to be done" The "voices" in the video are by women with disabilities, including one of the producers.

Annual budget: under $500 video promotion after first year.
$ 1,000 - 4,999 Video production & promotion

Project duration: The video was produced in 1996. Spanish and audio descriptive versions planned.

Main funding challenge: At this point -- it's my difficulty with having proper "access" to materials and accommodation when writing. Also lack of personal experience. But most significantly when doing research -- it seems like there is so little out there that values (by show of funding priorities) disability issues from a human and civil rights perspective. Disability is only categorized as a "medical issue" or a "social service". The value of media and disability issues is just not there!

Contact information:
Suzanne Levine
Mail: P.O. Box 22115, San Francisco, CA 94122-0115 USA
Telephone: 415-387-0617
Fax: 415-387-0583
Email: suzanne@dmedia.org
Web site: http://www.dmedia.org

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