Reel Eyes Annual Showcase of Films

Reel Eyes LogoCredit is available!

Reel Eyes was a showcase of films by and about people with disabilities that occurs in the spring. 2011 was the 8th year this event will take place. The lineup typically includes films from popular culture as well as documentaries from the DSS Lending Library.

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Quotes from students who took the course:

  • I really enjoyed the class. I thought I had a good understanding of disabilities but there was so much I was missing. The videos helped me to reshape my thinking about how to advocate for people with disabilities.
  • I loved it. It has opened a door for me to learn more. I want to be an advocate for the disability community.

Links were provided here for people to join the public event online.

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  • Anchorage
  • Mat-Su
  • Soldotna
  • Valdez
  • Homer

See the Anchorage Lineup Below

Anchorage lineup - Available Remotely via Elive

The Anchorage events took place from 5:30-8:45pm in the Eugene Short Hall in room 210 on four Thursdays in a row starting after spring break. Each session was also shared via elluminate live.

All events were free and open to the public. American Sign Language was available upon request. 

People who earned credit had to either attend in-person or attend via elive.



Agenda for March 17 with Links to Resources

Introduction to the medical and social justice models of disability.

  • Disabling Imagery
  • On a Roll
  • It's Our Story



Agenda for March 24 with links to Resources

Information on accommodation and universal design.

  • Stone Soup Group
  • Aimee Mullins
  • Darius Goes West



Agenda for March 31 with links to Resources

Information on disability and culture.

  • Captain Valor
  • Through Deaf Eyes
  • Voices of El Sayed



Agenda for April 7 with links to Resources

Information on how technology can mitigate the impact of disability

  • Web Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Mobility

Reel Eyes Credit Offering

Credit is being offered at the 400 level this year.

Social Work A490 - Syllabus for CRN 39779 Selected Topics in Social Work

A chart showing the 2011 Reel Eyes activities by week is available

Course Description:

This courses give participants an opportunity to develop and utilize skills analyzing disability representation in film and other media and increasing understanding of disability culture. The course will be will be offered in conjunction with public events during the Reel Eyes showcase of films by and about people with disabilities.

Topics include:

  • Disability, Identity, and Society
  • Differences between Medical Model and Social Model of disability
  • Examples of disability in film and popular culture

Class meeting times are 5:30-8:45pm Thursdays March 17-April 7

Students can participate in class activities in-person on the Anchorage campus or via elive. Class time will be used for discussion and movie viewing. Blackboard will be used for online participation and submission of work. Students will complete additional assignments outside of class time.

Mat-Su Campus

The Wake Up Call Cafe - Tuesday March 29th

MEDS (1pm - 2pm)
Individuals who have been diagnosed with mental illness talk frankly about the challenges and benefits that come with prescribed medications


 Wipe Out (2-3:30 pm)
A documentary about the head injuries that are common to young men in extreme sports

Wipe Out


Valdez Campus

April 1st

Disabling Imagery

This collection from the British Film Institute includes a wonderful collection of shorts and clips.

disabling imagery

On a Roll 

This documentary from PBS shares the story of Greg Smith, a radio host and advocate with a unique perspective.

On A Roll


The Kenai River Campus

April 7 at 5:30PM

Disabling Imagery

This collection from the British Film Institute includes a rich collection of shorts and clips that challenge us to really consider how disability is represented.

disabling imagery


Voices of El Sayed

This film contributes to the debate between those who want to preserve deaf culture and those who want to integrate into the hearing world. The film follows the impact of a cochlear implant operation within a community that has the largest percentage of deaf people in the world - El Sayed, a village in the Negev desert.

Voices of El Sayed



The Kachemak Bay Campus


On A Roll                             

Tuesday, April 12 @ 5:30  in  Room 201

This documentary from PBS shares the story of Greg Smith, a radio host and advocate with a unique perspective. As a father of three, he also comments on family, disability, and the american dream.

On A Roll


Darius Goes West 

Tuesday, April 19 @ 5:30  in Room 201

This documentary has won multiple awards - it tells the story of Darius Weems, a fifteen year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as he and his freinds set off across the country to get his wheelchair customized on MTV's Pimp My Ride.

Darius Goes West