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November 25, 2009 5:37 pm Published by


The Second Annual Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award winning films in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Please check the QSAC website regularly for up to date information regarding workshops, discussions and other engaging programs. 

Adam Elliot / Australia / 80 minutes / Narrative

A tale of pen-friendship between a lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and a 44 year old Jewish man with Aspergers Syndrome living in the chaos of New York.


Ziad H. Hamzeh / USA / 76 minutes / Documentary

HENRY O! tells the story of Enrique (Henry) Oliu, a blind baseball commentator. Calling upon his love for sports and an encyclopedic memory for facts and figures, Henry hears the crack of the bat and knows if it’s a single, double, or home run. At his side in the broadcast booth is his wife Deb, whispering in his ear up-to-the-minute stats.


Various directors / UK / 75 minutes

A compilation of short stories by five different directors who each have a disability: Paraphernalia- live action / 3D; Hands Solo- Comic mockumentary about a deaf porn; Buttermouth- Mesmerizing stop motion animation about blind mother and daughter; The Hunger House- Searing drama set in World War 2 Germany; Follow Me on my Journey to Die- black comedy about a Euthanasia craze hitting London’s fashion victims.


Niko von Glasow / Germany / 84 minutes / Documentary

12 people who were born disabled due to the side-effects of Thalidomide pose naked for a photo calendar, raising issues of body image and social acceptance.


Andrew Bujalski / USA / 100 minutes / Narrative

A story of the modern relationships of a lost generation. The film follows Jeannie and Lauren, twin sisters, as they come to terms with taking responsibility and owning their lives.


George Kachadorian / USA / 62 minutes / Documentary

The story of fashion photographer Courtney Bent whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities.


Gillies MacKinnon / UK / 59 minutes / Narrative

A bittersweet drama focusing on the blossoming relationship between teenage cancer patient Peter, and Ziggy, a girl with cerebral palsy.


Julie Anne Robinson / UK / 80 minutes / Narrative

Teenager David feels his family’s world revolves around the needs of his brother Ben who has Down’s syndrome. His antipathy to Ben grows and grows to the point where he decides to push him off a mountain and get rid of him once and for all…


Dorit Hakim / Israel / 45minutes / Narrative

Twelve-year-old Itamar has a deep passion for ice skating. When he is slowly losing his hearing, and therefore his balance, together with his skating partner he struggles and grows within a complicated world of adolescence.


Brent and Craig Renaud / USA, China / 80 minutes / Documentary

The story of a group of severely wounded American Soldiers, as little as a year after losing limbs and suffering paralysis fighting for their country in Iraq, set out to compete in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. An uplifting testament to the human spirit that challenges every notion of what it means to be disabled.



The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave.

NYU, King Juan Carlos Building, 53 Washington Square South


Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse 


JCC of Mid-Westchester, Bendheim Theater, 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale


JCC of Staten Island, 1466 Manor Road


Abilities!, Smeal Learning Center, 201 I.U. Willets. Rd, Albertson
Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington

Roosevelt Island
Coler – Goldwater, One Main Street


All films are captioned or subtitled and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

ASL interpretation and Live Audio Description will be provided upon advanced request.

QSAC Takes Top Prize in TV Contest

November 4, 2009 9:43 pm Published by
Quality Services for the Autism Community was the grand-prize winner in the Chronicle of Philanthropy national VolunTV Challenge, which invited people to create their own ideas of how volunteerism could be incorporated into their favorite television shows.
As the grand-prize winner QSAC wins $5,000 from the Chronicle and a full page ad in the November issue announcing the prize. The entry was submitted by Joe Moran, Assistant Director of Multimedia Development and Marissa Goldberg, Development Associate, at the autism group, who created a video showing how 30 Rock could highlight the organization’s work in one of its episodes. The plot twist involves a cast member’s confusion over the words “artistic” and “autistic.”
Gary Maffei, Executive Director of QSAC stated, “We were excited to have our entry chosen as the grand prize winner. It’s a pleasure to work with such talented and dedicated people as Joe Moran and Marissa Goldberg on a daily basis.”
The contest was inspired by the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s iParticipate promotion, which featured more than 100 network and cable shows that included the theme of volunteerism into their programs during the week of October 19-25. Entrants in the Chronicle contest were encouraged to submit ideas of how they would incorporate their favorite charities into the plot lines of popular TV shows. More than 150 people entered the contest — and a committee of judges, including entertainment officials, celebrities, and nonprofit experts, awarded prizes to the top three entries.
QSAC, one of the largest agencies dedicated specifically to autism and an award-winning organization, provides comprehensive services and programs to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families in New York City and Long Island. Founded in 1978, QSAC today has 21 facilities in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Nassau County. Over 2,000 people benefit yearly from its programs, including 900 individuals who receive direct services. Many of QSAC’s participants represent challenging cases referred to QSAC by the Boards of Education and New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. All of QSAC services are geared towards providing people with autism with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead a more independent, productive and fulfilled life.
Moran and Goldberg also are partners in MorGold Media (, a production company that develops content for mixed media and live performance.


QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.

QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.