For more than 3 years, I’ve been working quietly on a project that I believe is going to be amazing. It’s a unique documentary on the power of simple magic tricks to bring about positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. This film shares the real stories of real people from all over the world and their efforts to overcome what others might consider “impossible” odds. Most importantly, it’s about hope – the hope and confidence they gain by achieving the “impossible.” Their stories are phenomenal, encouraging, and life changing!
Check out the Indiegogo Campaign by clicking the image below – and, please, think about making a contribution. Every little bit makes a HUGE difference!
These are my goals with the Bag of Tricks crowd-funding campaign:
- To change people’s attitudes and perceptions about individuals with disabilities;
- To raise awareness of international disability issues and provide opportunities for individuals with different abilities to share in the global society.
- To begin a meaningful conversation about the power of the arts in our communities to challenge, transform, inspire, and change lives.
- To raise money to finish the documentary – filming some international projects, editing, music, distribution, legal fees, etc.
Almost every person in every society around the world has been touched in some way by a person living with disability. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, extended family, and friends – all have been impacted by the life of someone with a developmental or intellectual disability, including the almost epidemic explosion of autism spectrum disorders.
Everyone who supports people with disabilities is, in some way, an advocate for their best interests. The future of individuals with disability is contingent on the perceptions and attitudes of those without disability. It is pivotal that we stop focusing on their disabilities and start appreciating their abilities.
In spite of international laws and policies, many people with disabilities still find themselves pushed to the margins of our societies. And almost all encounter prejudice, bullying, insensitive treatment, and discrimination. These attitudes and actions cause their world to become smaller. Their opportunities become more limited, and, ultimately, they withdraw from the wider community. That’s not acceptable – and that has to change. I can think of no better time than NOW to confront these attitudes in a positive way and jump-start the change that can make a difference in their lives.
Please consider making a donation to this cause. And if you can’t contribute, then share this campaign with other through Facebook, Twitter, Email, Phone Calls, or just plain old Word-of-Mouth!