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September 2019: Disability in the movies

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the 23rd of september

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cinemability: the art of inclusion (2018)
freaks (1932) with wallace ford
bride of frankenstein (1935) with boris karloff
the hunchback of notre dame (1939) with charles laughton
johnny belinda (1948) with jane wyman
the unknown (1927) with lon chaney

the 30th of september

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the best years of our lives (1946) with harold russell
cinemability: the art of inclusion (2018)
children of a lesser god (1986) with marlee matlin
the heart is a lonely hunter (1968) with alan arkin

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Although this documentary was filmed much earlier than the college entrance scandal, it was so discomforting to see William Macy in a role as a person with a disability.  He must have coached his daughter well, because the family's cheating scandal involved the daughter and family faking a disability in order to get extended time on the entrance exams. As a parent of a child with a disability, I can attest as to how incredibly difficult it is to get the extended time, and my child had a well-documented lifelong disability. What the Macy/Huffman family did went far beyond what most people recognize (cheating on exam, paying money to a fake non-profit), and the lack of coverage how the entire family "gamed" the system to the harm of people with disabilities is truly disturbing. When you get extended time for the entrance exams and a special testing site, everyone knows it's for a disability. So the daughter & Macy knew what they were doing, yet only Huffman gets a slap-on-the-wrist for cheating.

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