When: Wed., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. 2011
Whether "no child left behind" is merely a slogan for a controversial Bush-era testing regimen or a true reflection of America's educational goals is put to the test by children with significant special needs. Recent years have seen a welcome shift toward mainstreaming and inclusion, which helps disabled kids keep up with their peers academically and socially and teaches the nondisabled to accept difference.
Certain Proof: A Question of Worth is a new documentary about three children with cerebral palsy. Kayla, a luminous sixth grader, can speak with difficulty, her words comprehensible only to those who know her well. Colin, a sociable third grader, communicates using a special keyboard and a pointer attached to a helmet. And Josh, in first grade, can neither speak nor control his movements, which causes some to question whether he can learn at all. His mother, Dawn—like the other mothers, an advocate by necessity—fights for his spot in the classroom: "I don't want him to be just housed and kept busy," she says. "I want him to learn."
The film was shot and produced entirely in Wake County by local filmmakers Susan and Ray Ellis. This is its North Carolina premiere. Ticket sales will support the New Voices Foundation, dedicated to helping children with disabilities thrive in local schools. —Marc Maximov
Price: $25-50, $10 teachers