Disability Pride is a film about a community fighting to be seen and heard, to be acknowledged as able and proud.
The film weaves 'on the street' interviews with verite footage of the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade in 2009 to convey human experiences that promote the belief that disability is a natural part of human diversity and can take pride in its heritage and culture.
The parade, held every year in Chicago, is the first of its kind in the world and people travel far and wide to attend the event. The next parade is on July 24, 2010 and the filmmaker's hope that this film can persuade more people to attend and show their support for Disability Rights.
Thomas Williams is 17 years old and suffers from Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism. Living with Autism follows Tom's story, showing how much of his life is affected by his condition and how day to day tasks can be something most people take for granted.
Directed, Edited and Filmed by Joe Bell
Screenplay by Thomas Williams
Music by Jon Hopkins & Coldplay
Special thanks to Southend High School for Girls and Sarah, Matt & Bramwell Williams
Dedicated to Michael Alps; my Great Uncle who sadly passed on the day of this video's completion.
Winner: Over 16 Documentary - Southend Film Festival 2012 (Joe Bell)
Making a Difference award - British Youth Council (Tom Williams)