Rethinking College

Posted on: April 7, 2015

EVENT: Film Screenings, Discussion Promote the Inclusion of Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Ed

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A public screening of films promoting and cultivating inclusivity on college campuses will be presented as part of WXXI’s MOVE TO INCLUDE initiative on Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre (240 East Ave.).  The free event will feature the experiences of college students with intellectual disabilities through the free showings of the national film Rethinking College and the new local micro-documentary film series The Opportunity Project, followed by a panel discussion.

Produced by Think CollegeRethinking College is a 25-minute film about students with intellectual disabilities who are attending colleges and universities throughout the United States. Through the perspectives of parents, educators, advocates, and policymakers, the film illustrates how colleges and universities can provide a setting for all students to grow, learn, and build better futures.

The Opportunity Project, a new micro-documentary film series created by the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and funded by the Golisano Foundation, features short films, each centering around a young person with a disability building a positive, self-determined, and satisfying adult life. In its mission to increase positive images of people with disabilities in the media, the Institute for Innovative Transition, through these video stories, aims to promote a sense of possibility, open doors, and precedent about these individuals as they transition into adulthood.

A panel discussion, moderated by Martha Mock, an associate professor who directs the Institute for Innovative Transition at the Warner School, will follow the showings, providing insight into how access to higher education impacts students with intellectual disabilities and leads to meaningful employment. Panelists will include: subjects of The Opportunity Project films Cori Piels, a Monroe Community College alumna, and Robert Lonie, a Keuka College alumnus; Meg Grigal, co-director of Think College; David Basinger, chief academic officer at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Robert Lonie

“We hope that this event will open up even more doors and create more awareness of the opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access a meaningful and inclusive postsecondary experience” said Mock.  “In addition to sparking conversation around ways to increase opportunities for inclusive higher education options, these films and discussion will help young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families to see the postsecondary opportunities available to them as they transition from high school to adulthood.”MOVE TO INCLUDE is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, its mission is to create a more inclusive community by encouraging community dialogue and inspiring people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. For more on MOVE TO INCLUDE, click HERE or visit: Piels
The Institute for Innovative Transition is a collaboration of the Golisano Foundation and the University of Rochester’s Warner School that aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood. Launched in 2008, the Institute provides a robust and comprehensive set of initiatives to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood. For more on the Institute for Innovative Transition, click HERE or visit: event is free and open to the public. The films are open captioned and a sign language interpreter will be provided for the discussion. For questions about the event, please contact the Institute for Innovative Transition at 585-275-2454 or the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education ( offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.