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photo Able to Laugh
By Michael J. Dougan

Enter the world of disability as interpreted by six professional comics, who happen to be disabled. This video is about the awkward ways disabled and able-bodied people relate to each other, and how humor can remove barriers of fear, guilt, vulnerability and misunderstanding. This will be an outstanding discussion starter for classes in psychology, social work, nursing, and rehabilitation, as well as for healthcare and corporate settings.

27 minutes
© 1993
Purchase $199.00 DVD
Order No. QA-105
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-880-4
close captioned

Four Stars, Video Rating Guide

Awards & Conference Screenings
Best of Festival, Superfest
TASH Media Awards
Best of Festival, Superfest
Columbus International Film Festival

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