The Arc of Colorado celebrates Developmental Disability Awareness Month with film festival
Thursday, 15 March 2012 19:55

More than 140,111 Coloradoans have a developmental disability. To celebrate Developmental Disability Awareness Month, The Arc of Colorado and the 11 chapters within it will hold a film festival on Tuesday, March 20 at the Denver Film Center.

“Too often people with developmental disabilities are marginalized in movies and on television,” said Marijo Rymer, Executive Director of The Arc of Colorado. “The film festival aims to raise their profile by showcasing works of all genres, featuring people who may learn, communicate, move, function and think differently.”

The film festival, which is titled “Achieve with Us,” will showcase films by and about people with developmental disabilities. This event marks the first opportunity for Coloradans to view some of the hundreds of films that feature accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities. The show times are at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will each feature seven different films that range from 2 minutes to 25 minutes.

“Our goal is to present an enjoyable and enlightening experience to help break down stereotypes and promote greater acceptance of differences and build awareness of similarities,” Rymer said.

 

Tickets are free in advance or $12 at the door for the general public, $10 for members of the Denver Film Society. The Denver Film Center is located at 2150 E Colfax Avenue, Denver. For more information about tickets or the event, visit www.thearcofco.org or call 303-864-9334, ext. 10.

About the Arc of Colorado

The Arc of Colorado builds better lives for persons with developmental disabilities and their families by improving connections to schools, work and the community through influencing public policy, increasing public awareness, supporting local chapters and collaborating with other organizations sharing the same values.