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Stars of Inclusion: Rachael
This DVD includes two documentaries about Rachael by Academy Award(r) winning producers, Whiteford and Hadary.
Rachel, Being Five explores the world of kindergarten through Rachael's eyes. Just like all the kids in her mainstream class, she works hard for stickers, taking pride in her perfect papers, crawls through the tunnels on the playground and joins in the Halloween parade. At home, it's disagreements with younger sister, fishing with her dad, and playing with her pet gerbils. A reviewer for the Baltimore Sun Newspaper comments, "If this upbeat production doesn't win your heart, you don't have one."
The second documentary on the DVD, Rachael, In Middle School, enters her life six years later. Nearly a teenager, she still bubbles with enthusiasm. She's ready to volunteer a comment on everything from the school pizza to kids in her class, but school work is becoming more difficult. Her biggest challenge, just like almost everyone else in her class, is keeping her three-ring binder organized, getting her assignments written down and remembering where she put her homework.
These two upbeat documentaries, in which Rachael tells her own story, remind us of the beauty and challenges of childhood. Both are excellent viewing for children and for students in special education, physical therapy, occupational therapy and social work. They are also valuable for disability awareness events.