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SIRIS, WSIU Radio to Host Film Screening

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 31, 2011

Contact:  Vickie Devenport, SIRIS Director and WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org

Carbondale, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS), a service of WSIU Public Radio and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will host a film screening and discussion of the Independent Lens documentary Lives Worth Living, which recently aired on PBS stations nationwide. The screening will be held on Tuesday, November 8 at 7pm at the SIRIS building, 1003 Oakland Avenue in Carbondale. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

While there are close to 50 million Americans living with disabilities, Lives Worth Living is the first television history of their decades-long struggle for equal rights. Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, the film offers a window into a world inhabited by people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like everyone else, and a look back into a past when millions of Americans lived without access to schools, apartment buildings, and public transportation.

The story features Fred Fay, who suffered a spinal cord injury at age 17 in 1961, and simply refused to be relegated to life's sidelines just because he couldn't walk. He fought tirelessly for decades for equal rights, access, and opportunity for the disabled, including advocating for programs allowing the disabled to live independently. (Fred died August 20, 2011; the film is dedicated to him.) Also featured is Ed Roberts, who founded the independent living movement in Berkeley and is also considered a father of the disability rights movement.

Each fall, the SIRIS Advisory Board hosts an event to raise awareness of the issues facing people with disabilities. This film screening coincides with White Cane Safety Day and the national campaign to employ people with disabilities.

Questions about the screening should be directed to Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org.

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