Take Action Around 'When I Walk'
- Create or contribute to the AXS Map app for your community. Organize a mapping meet-up or an AXS Map Mapathon (#mapathon) with your friends and family, students, staff or community members to rate the accessibility of areas in your local neighborhood and add them to AXS Map, just as Jason and Alice do in the film.
- Create a special event at a maker space where attendees focus on developing adaptive technologies. Screen When I Walk so people can look at the tasks that are challenging for DaSilva and devise solutions. Use the event to facilitate ongoing dialogue between prospective inventors and people with disabilities (and their families) in your community. When possible, create partnerships between inventors and people who are willing to "field test" inventions.
- Host a screening of When I Walk in conjunction with a local Walk MS event.
- Convene an annual community "check-up" for compliance with the ADA. In addition to advocates, people with disabilities and their families, involve people responsible for transportation systems, construction and zoning, availability of medical care, public policy and other related issues. Also look for instances where the ADA falls short and recommend changes.
- Increase the visibility of people with ambulatory disabilities in your community by distributing small cameras such as GoPro cameras and inviting them to record their typical days. Collect and display what they shoot in an online gallery, at a live venue or both. With permission, distribute the footage to local news outlets and encourage them to do stories about accessibility issues.
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.
In this lesson, students explore issues of accessibility as they step into their immediate communities to determine a range of physical barriers to those living with disabilities and conceptualize ways to remove some of those obstacles.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Penny Talbert and Rebecca Zinner of Ephrata Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary When I Walk.