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Van Buren Movie Series

film strip with images from different movies on a colorful background.

Disability Network is hosting a series of movie and discussion events at the Van Buren ISD this winter. All of these events will take place at:
The Van Buren ISD Conference Center
490S. Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, Michigan

To Register:

These events are free and open to the public. Follow this link to preregister online or contact Miranda at (269) 345-1516 x120. Let us know if you need an accommodation to participate.

This is a fragrance-free environment. Please do not wear scented products to these events.


Monica & David

Monica & David movie cover

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
9:30–11:00 am

Monica & David explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are in love and want what other adults have—an independent life. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film uses intimate fly-on-the wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story.

Click her to download the flyer.


Intelligent Lives

Intelligent Lives movie jacket

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:30-11:00 am

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes the film Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of “intellectual disability” from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.


Who Cares About Kelsey?

Who Cares About Kelsey movie jacket

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
9:30-11:00 am

Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the life of a student with emotional/behavioral challenges and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed – while improving the overall school culture and climate.

Kelsey was volatile, disruptive and, by her own admission, “not a nice person” to be around. As a freshman in high school, she didn’t earn a single academic credit. During Kelsey’s sophomore year, a new school leadership team implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a youth-directed planning process and other reforms to improve the school’s culture and reduce the dropout rate. This schoolwide overhaul gave Kelsey a chance at a different outcome.