Possibilities Video Series
DDI’s award winning Possibilities series of videos focuses on the lives and accomplishments of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each 4-7 minute video highlights the journeys of different individuals, along with their family and friends, and illustrates the lives possible for all people as they mature, become independent, and pursue their life's dreams and goals.
The purpose of the Possibilities series is to present a vision of how individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families can lead the lives that they wish to lead, without barriers and in the direction they truly intend to go. The hope is that these films are viewed and shared by anyone looking to explore all of the possibilities that life has to offer! The videos can be viewed online through the links below.
PLEASE NOTE: to activate closed captioning, click on the "CC" on the bottom right of the YouTube Video box. Or, please click this link to view captioned versions of the videos on the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities Website.
Possibilities You Tube Links
History of the Possibilities Series
The concept for the Possibilities video series was born out of the desire of DDI Director, Dr. Barbara LeRoy, to provide positive portrayals of persons with disabilities which would inspire and inform all who view them. With the help and expertise of writer Suzanne Rondeau, and filmmakers Larry August and Jonathan Rakozy of Avalon Films, Dr. LeRoy’s vision was realized through the creation of the six Possibilities videos.
The first four videos in the Possibilities series were launched during a special celebration held at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on January 13, 2012. The event attracted over 400 people who were treated to a screening of the videos, received a DVD copy of the films, and enjoyed a night with friends, family, and colleagues at the DIA. With the release of the two newest videos (the “Karen” and the “Bjorn, Tom & Danny” videos), the Possibilities series stands as a true testament to what can be realized through self-determination, hard work, and perseverance.
In November of 2012, Avalon Films of Royal Oak was selected to receive the TASH Positive Images in the Media Award for its work on the Possibilities video series. DDI is very proud of this recognition and only hopes that it will lead to more projects and materials like the video series being available to parents, educators and individuals with disabilities.
Viewing and Obtaining the Videos
Links to all six Possibilities videos are below. We encourage you to view and share these links with anyone you feel would benefit from seeing them. If you would like a FREE hard copy DVD containing all 6 videos, please see the DVD ordering information by clicking this link or simply email MI-DDI and one or more copies.
A companion discussion guide was developed to accompany the videos and can be downloaded through this link: Possibilities Discussion Questions. The brief discussion card provides a list of reflection questions that can be used by individuals with disabilities, family members, friends, and professionals to lead conversation about the videos and how the situations of those portrayed hold both similarities and differences with you and/or your loved ones. Please MI-DDI if you would like hard copies of the discussion cards sent to you through the mail.
Links to Pictures