A Hole in the Roof
Produced by: Rob Constantine Productions and
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
Content: Starting with the General convention in 1985 this video goes through the resolutions that have been passed
and stress the need for churches to make themselves accessible to all people with disabilities. Mentions materials that can
be used and questions that any congregation should be asking about their hospitality to all people created in the image of
A Place to Come Back To
Produced by: Seraphim Communications, Inc.
Content: The church is called to open doors and offer hospitality and receptivity to those with mental illness. Those
with mental illness look to the church to see a way out and lead a more normal existence.
All God’s People
Produced by: David Sollenberger made available through the Association
of Brethren Caregivers
Content: Stresses the need for congregations to reach out and minister to the needs of people with developmental disabilities
as well as offer support for the family members. We are all God’s children with needs, gifts and talents.
Baptism: A Promise to Disabled People
Produced by: MORES University of
Content: People with disabilities share their joys and struggles as they live a Christian life. How do we as a congregation
accept them and carry out our belief that God values each human individual?
Produced by: Iram Wohl
Content: Ira Wohl tells the story of his mentally retarded cousin, Philly. At a family gathering he wondered what would
eventually happen to Philly when his parents were gone. This video tells what they did and how it changed Philly’s life.
Biblical Perspectives on Community
Produced by Network of Inclusive Catholic Educators and The Institute for Pastoral Initiative, University of Dayton
Context: As Fr. Senior looks at the healing stories of Jesus in Mark and Luke he tells how Jesus was a boundary crosser
and driven to draw the excluded back into the community. It is not only the physical healing of the person with a disability
but a spiritual healing and healing of the community as well.
Time: 27 min.
Produced by: National Professions Resources, Inc.
Context: Features Fran and Kim Peek (the real Rain Man) conveying a message of “accepting differences, developing
tolerance, and celebrating diversity”. Kim is severely disabled and needs constant care but in many ways is a genius
and shares his knowledge and life with many groups.
Celebrating Inclusion in Worship: Seth’s Bar Mitzvah
Produced by: Pathway Awareness
Context: The Chicago Board of Rabbi’s looks at ways that all individuals with disabilities can be treated with
dignity and love through affirmation, communication and accessibility. The video shows the joy of Seth and his worshiping
community as he celebrates his Bar Mitzvah.
Circle of Friends
Produced by Marilyn Bishop, Center for Ministry With disabled People, University
of Dayton. Presenter: Jack Pearpoint
Context: Two part video. First part tells the story of a young woman with multiple disabilities and how, with her desire
to live, has accomplished so much in her life. Part two is an exercise showing the importance of balance in our circle of
people we know.
Claiming the Promise
Produced by: EcuFilm
Content: Presents clergy people with physical disabilities, how they model ministry for the disabled and how they are
accepted by the people they minister to in spite of their broken bodies.
Creating Caring Congregations
Produced by: Mental Health Ministries
Content: Through personal stories which “gives voice to those who have suffered in silence, and allows churches
to begin the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of the brain” this
video gives resources to churches for inclusion of people with mental illness.
Disability Etiquette: How to Relate to People with Disabilities
By: Marilyn E Bishop
Produced by: Center for Ministry with Disabled People- The
University of Dayton
Content: Helpful tips on how to relate to and feel more comfortable around people with disabilities.
Disability Ministry: Perspectives on Disability
Produced by: Marilyn E. Bishop, Center for Ministry with Disabled People, The University of Dayton
Content: Mary Jane Owen, a person with multiple disabilities has several vignettes on disability –
The Population of the Disabled, Reflections on Mark 2:1-12 and the story of the paralyzed man lowered through the roof
to be healed by Jesus, Theology of Disability, The Value of Life and On True Beauty.
‘Doin’ the Reality Rag/ Part 1 and 2
Time: Part 1 – 48:00
Part 2 – 43:00
Produced by: Easter Seal Society
Content: Through comedy, satire and ragtime music a small cast depicts the “reality” of people with disabilities.
‘Doin’ The Reality Rag (short version) and CBS News Sunday Morning
Time: Part 1 19:30
Part 2 12:00
Produced by: The Easter Seal Society
Content: Part 1 – Through humor, music and satire disabled actors present their story of attitudes and misconceptions of those with
Part 2 – CBS News Sunday Morning goes back stage to help the public
understand why this play was done for sell-out audiences.
Time: 18 min.
Produced by: Mennonite Central Committee
Content: Tells how five congregations encourage participation of people with developmental disabilities.
Time” 10 min. Closed Caption
Content: St. James Church in Hackettstown, New Jersey has a workshop where members of the congregation replicate situations of people
with disabilities. Included is a brief discussion of what they experienced.
Families Facing Transition
Context: Several families discuss their fears as their disabled child transitions from a teenager to adult life, what
their needs are, the lack of choices and adult services, disabilities being too severe to receive help and the feeling that
no one cares. What kind of a support system is there for these families?
Gift of Grace
Produced and Distributed by The Episcopal Church Center Inter-unit Working Group on AIDS
Content: Tells the story of a courageous young man with AIDS who through his art expresses the feelings of having a
terminal illness. His message is to give hope to those with a terminal illness and those without who experience disappointments
in life to let others know how they should react to people with those who are terminally ill.
Give it Away
Time: 17 min.
Produced by: Friendship Ministries
Content: A program through Friendship Ministries showing how important it is to become a friend to those with mental
disabilities. The mentally disabled are people who love God, they are God’s children and want to please.
Kids Just Want to Have Fun!
Time: 7 min.
Produced by: Mercury Productions, Inc. for Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland
Content: Target audience – K-5. Focuses on differences rather that disabilities Features children who openly
talk about their differences and how they like to do the same things as other kids.
Illness and Families of Faith
Produced by: Mental
Health Ministries. Telly Awards Recipient
Context: Features two
families whose members have mental illness and the role their respective faith communities played in dealing with their illnesses.
They felt that their faith had an important part in their healing either as an individual or as a community. Those with mental
illness have God given gifts and need to be recognized for those gifts and be supported by a faith community.
Produced by: Marilyn Bishop
Distributed by: Center for Ministry with Disabled People, University of Dayton
Content: People with disabilities want and deserve to be a part of ordinary life. This video gives a walk through,
starting in the parking lot and then front entrance, showing what is needed to make a church accessible so that people with
disabilities may fully participate in the life of the church.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Produced by: Pathways Awareness Foundation
Context: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Fr. Henri Nouwen give their insights and guidance so that there will be full
inclusion of persons with disabilities into the liturgy and church life so that all persons bring their true gifts to the
Our Largest Minority: The Disabled
Produced by: NBC Documentary
Context: Interviews with people from all walks of life and the attitudes and beliefs about people from all cultures
which have kept disabled people from having all the rights as other individuals and kept them from being part of mainstream.
Perspectives on Disability in Scripture, Theology and Ethics
Produced by: Center for Ministry with Disabled People, The
University of Dayton
Context: The Rev. Donald Senior gives one of three summary speeches at a symposium given by The Center for Ministry
with Disabled People and The National Council of Churches Committee on Disabilities. He presents the idea that Scripture presents
those who were broken were excluded from the center of the community. Jesus redefines the community by including the outcasts
in his healing stories.
Reaching for a Dream
Produced by: Chain/Wolfe United Church for Christ
Context: People who are from various ethnic backgrounds and have a disability find it harder realize their dreams but
show how they will not let their dreams be deferred. They have gifts, talents and abilities and deserve to be respected.
Sacraments and People with Mental Retardation
Time: 27:08. Closed Captioned
Produced by: Center for Ministry with People with Disabilities, University
Context: Fr. Hater, PhD discusses the many ways God is disclosed to us in the midst of every day life. Using his own
personal stories he shows how brokenness reveals much about life and that every human person has infinite value. He discusses
the Sacraments of life and who should receive them. They are the Sacraments of Initiation, Healing and Commitment.
Scripture Based Inclusion
By Fr. Ronald Nuzzi
Produced by: Ministry with Disabled People, The University
of Dayton, Marilyn
E. Bishop Producer
Content: Excerpts of a conference on inclusion which is the new vision of the church. Uses Scripture passages to show
how Jesus included all as creation mandates.
Sign Language for Everyone
Time: 3 hrs. 54 min.
Produced by: Bill Rice Ranch Films
Context: Complete 4 hour course on Sign Language and should be used in conjunction with Cathy Rices’s book “Sign
Language for Everyone”.
(DVD) Stranger in our Midst The Church and People with Mental Illness
Approx. 10 min.
by: Seraphim Communications, Inc.
A true life witness of a family with a child with mental illness and the joys and pains it brings. Designed to help congregations
and individuals better understand mental illness, the effect it has on everyone and the role of the church for all concerned.
Surprising Grace: People, Disabilities, Churches
Time: 15 min.
Produced by: William W. Gee, Media Services, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Context: Introduces to a congregation issues facing people with disabilities and how they can actively serve.
Teaching Religion to Students with Mental Retardation
Produced by: Center for Ministry with People with Disabilities,
University of Dayton
Context: Reviews the three ways in which people learn and how this relates to teaching people with mental retardation.
Makes suggestions on how to help them learn.
The Impossible Takes a Little Longer
Context: Real life situations of disabled people find self worth and value in the work force with modifications for
their disabilities. They are dedicated workers even though it may take them a little longer.
The Inclusive Catholic Community
Produced by: Center for Ministry with People with Disabilities, University of Dayton
Context: A Catholic educator discusses the issues of changing our attitudes about disabled students and how the church
is working to go from exclusion to inclusion and giving value to these people in schools and the church itself.
(DVD) The 10 Commandments
of Communicating With People With Disabilities
Time: 26 minutes
Produced by: Irene Ward, President of Irene M. Ward and Associates
Context: Series of vignettes deliver the message on disability awareness.
(DVD) The Vulnerable
Journey with Father Henri Nouwen
At the 1999 Inclusion Conference Henri Nouwen points out how we all need each other and how the vision of God (how God looks at us), the way of Jesus and the work of the Spirit are all important in building an accepting community so that we will make the journey together.
There’s No One Exactly Like Me
Context: Puppet presentation to help children accept their disabled friends.
Toward the Goal
Produced by: ELCA
Content: Looks at how barriers for differently abled can be removed so that all are received into the body of Christ.
These barriers are both internal on the part of the abled as well as structural barriers.
“What’s the Difference?”
Time: 8 min.
Produced by: Mercury Productions, Inc. for Shriner
Hospital for Children – Portland
Context: Target group – teens, to support teens with Physical differences and educate their peers. Teens with various disabilities focus on the differences of people rather than disabilities.
We Are One Flock
Produced by: National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities
Context: Presents full participation of persons with disabilities as a right as proclaimed in the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral
When Billy Broke His Head and other Tales of Wonder
Time: 57 min.
Produced by: PBS DocumentaryContext: Billy
Golfus, an award-winning radio journalist became brain damaged in a motor scooter accident. He goes on the road to meet people
with disabilities as they address their anger and strength as they fight for their rights. They fight the discrimination and
bureaucratic helping systems which keep them out of the work force and living at the poverty level. “It’s a documentary
with an attitude, which will entertain, enlighten and might even enrage its viewers."