When a Harvard Ph.D. student is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story.
On a Roll: Disability and the American Dream
A man travels the globe in his power wheelchair, but finds his own nation's capital inaccessible — a minor challenge compared to living independently.
- Independent Lens, True Stories
- Premiere Date
- February 15, 2005
- 60 minutes
Greg Smith and his family bare all in this unflinching portrait of a 65-pound man striving for the American Dream. Fueled by discrimination, Smith created On a Roll talk radio from his wheelchair in 1992. The father of three travels the globe, but finds his own nation's capital inaccessible — a minor challenge compared to living independently and having safe intimate relationships.