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Society is becoming more inclusive. What would it look like to go beyond inclusion?
When talking about diversity…are people with disabilities included?
Do people with disabilities have their own culture?
Should Deaf people and people with disabilities work together?
Do you want to find cures for disabilities?
Start the Conversation
Beyond Inclusion is a short fictional film that takes place in the near future. The word “disability” has been replaced with “human diversity,” and innovations in technology make it possible for meaningful connections between all people. Even with these advances in laws and technology, it may not be enough. Will our culture change? Will certain groups of people still be “cured” or removed? Or are we strong enough to stand together, to fight for and preserve all kinds of human diversity?
Why did CSD make the film?
Today, medical researchers are working to find cures for disabilities. These “cures” are to get rid of people that aren’t “perfect” or “desirable.” With a predicted cure for Deafness within five years, the ability for parents to genetically engineer their own children will be possible. But … what happens when we pursue this sort of “perfection”? What kind of world will we create?
And more importantly, what are we giving up?
We are at a time where we need to consider the future. Do we want a world where differences are celebrated and embraced? Or a world where “disability” is engineered out because it isn’t understood or valued?
The world is limitless when it comes to innovative new technology. Unfortunately, universal design — or, design that takes into account people that are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, blind or differently-abled — is usually an afterthought. But what if it wasn’t? What if instead of trying to “fix” people with disabilities, we just started designing our world in a way where everyone can access everything — universally, by design and on purpose?
Could we create a world without barriers? Could we go beyond inclusion?
“Beyond Inclusion” was made to start conversations. Everyone has the right to be themselves, to choose how they want to interact in the world. But, we are coming to a time where we will be forced to make decisions about our way of life. At CSD, we believe that defending the right to choose our own identity is a responsibility that belongs to all of us, the entire community. We have to come together to decide what kind of world we want to build, what kind of future we want to give to our children.
We are better together than we are apart. We ask you to join the conversation. What kind of tomorrow do you want to create?
Nyle DiMarcoRole of Ash
Katie FolgerRole of Tavi
Laura TollinRole of Marisa
Anthony M. Johnson Jr.Role of Carter
Anthony M. Johnson Sr.Role of Carter's Dad
Olivia JimenezRole of Anna
Pedro VillarrealRole of Pedro
Nguyen StantonRole of Valentina
Larry SmithRole of Jeremiah
Paul GrubbRole of Buddy
Shanna HusseyRole of Mallory
Why are there several million-dollar efforts to cure different kinds of "disabilities"?
What will we lose if all "disabilities" are cured?
ADA doesn't protect people with disabilities from being genetically removed, should there be a law that does?
Does the word "disability" help the conversation…or does it confuse?
Does the word “disability” need replacement?
Share your thoughts
What words do you use to identify yourself? Do you think the words you choose for yourself matter? Do you fear that choosing the wrong word to describe yourself might mean you don’t get the job? We want to know.
Behind the Scenes
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Filmed in Austin, Texas by Communication Service for the Deaf, Beyond Inclusion was shot and edited by a predominantly Deaf production team. Check out the video to see behind the scenes.
- Ryan Commerson, Writer & Director
- Lauren Kinsler, Co-Director
- Toj Mora, Producer
- Ruan du Plessis, Director of Photography
- Bradley Gantt, Editor
- Nikki Dengel, Sound Person