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  • An historical look back at the Disability Rights Movement.

    An historical look back at the Disability Rights Movement.

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  • Fred and Trish shared a passion for the Celtics, Hill Street Blues, and each other.

    Fred and Trish shared a passion for the Celtics, Hill Street Blues, and each other.

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  • ADAPT protesters in Las Vegas, 1993

    ADAPT protesters in Las Vegas, 1993

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  • Fred Fay recovers from his injury at the National Institutes of Health in 1961

    Fred Fay recovers from his injury at the National Institutes of Health in 1961

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  • Protesters break a curb in the mid-1980s

    Protesters break a curb in the mid-1980s

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  • Judy Heumann talks to supporters outside the HEW building in San Francisco in early April 1977

    Judy Heumann talks to supporters outside the HEW building in San Francisco in early April 1977

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  • Dr. William Bronston is greeted by occupants of the women's ward, Willowbrook State Hospital, Staten Island, NY

    Dr. William Bronston is greeted by occupants of the women's ward, Willowbrook State Hospital, Staten Island, NY

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  • Ed Roberts with his son Lee in the early 1980s

    Ed Roberts with his son Lee in the early 1980s

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  • Psychiatric survivors during a protest in 1976

    Psychiatric survivors during a protest in 1976

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  • ADAPT protesters climb the steps to the Capitol on March 12th 1990

    ADAPT protesters climb the steps to the Capitol on March 12th 1990

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  • HEW sit-in protestors April 1977

    HEW sit-in protestors April 1977

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  • ADAPT Protestors in Washington, D.C.

    ADAPT Protestors in Washington, D.C.

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The Film

Lives Worth Living is both an historical documentary about the Disability Rights Movement and a biography about one man's struggle to survive.

Charismatic leaders of the movement narrate the story of a long, hard, and successful drive for civil rights — a drive that brought together a once fragmented population into a powerful coalition that created some of the most far reaching civil rights legislation in our nation's history.

People with disabilities are one of the largest of any minority within our nation, and this is the first television history on the subject. It is a window into a world inhabited by people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like anyone else, and a passage into the past where millions of people lived without access to schools, apartment buildings, public transportation, etc. — a status quo today's generation cannot imagine.

The Filmmaker

  1. Eric NeudelProducer/Director