A Place at the Table

Struggles for Equity in America

A Place at the Table tells the story of our nation's struggle to ensure liberty and justice for all. One major element sets the video apart from most historical documentaries: It is narrated entirely by young people. The book component explores this history in greater depth, while the teachers' guide provides 13 detailed lesson plans for use in the middle and upper grades.



Publisher: Teaching Tolerance, 2000
Format: Video, 40 minutes; Textbook, 144 pages; and Teacher's Guide, 29 pages
Being Gay

Coming Out in the 21st Century

In the early part of the 20th century, homosexuality was considered a crime. By the 1950s, society regarded it as a form of mental illness. Today, while gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders are no longer forced to hide their sexual orientation, there is still prejudice and discrimination which can make coming out a difficult decision. And then there are always internal pressures as well.

This program presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one's sexual identity. They also look at the dangers of running away from sexual self-acceptance - such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide - and how finding support can greatly assist the process.


Producer: A Cambridge Educational Production, 2003
Format:DVD (including on-demand English subtitles and can be viewed using a DVD player or computer DVD-ROM drive), 25-minute running time and viewable/printable teacher's guide.
Beyond Acceptance

Parents of Lesbians Gays Talk About Their Experiences

The groundbreaking classic for parents of gays and lesbians, fully updated and revised

When a parent or friend hears for the first time that someone they love is gay, the feelings can range from bewilderment and confusion to fear and anger. It is also the starting point of a journey toward acceptance and understanding.

Based upon discussions and interviews with parents belonging to P-FLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians), a support and advocacy group with over 400 chapters internationally, Beyond Acceptance provides parents with knowledge and information that will help them come to understand their children and build stronger relationships with them.

With extensive testimony from other parents, this book will help many realize that they are not alone and the emotional stages through which they journey are natural and understood.


Authors: Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marian J. Wirth, and Arthur G. Wirth; Introduction by Brian McNaught
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, 1986, 1996
Format: Book, paperback, 222 pages
Breaking the Silence
A Tool for Training Care Providers on Working Effectively with LGBTQ Youth

The DVD:
The ten short digital stories included on Breaking the Silence are powerful tales of both the successes and failures of the foster care system for a group of former foster youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). Over the course of a four-day workshop at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California, ten youth shared their stories and learned to edit them into moving, heartfelt (and sometimes heartbreaking) personal videos. Through these youth's thoughtful, honest, and insightful words and images, we hear directly not only about their experiences in care, but also what they think we, as advocates and providers, can do to better support LGBTQ youth in the future.

Bonus CD:
Each DVD comes packaged with a CD containing over 25 useful and informative training tools and resources created by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and partner organizations.


Produced by: Center for Digial Storytelling, DVD: September 2005; CD: June 2006
Format: DVD, unknown running time; CD, 25 training tools and resources
Developing Cross-Cultural Competence

A Guide for Working with Children and Their Families

The third edition of this bestselling text brings together detailed, accurate information on working with families and children with disabilities from specific cultural, ethnic, and language groups. Thoroughly updated and expanded, the book gives pre- and in-service interventionists: A primer on cultural competence. Readers will explore how various cultures view education, family structure, independence, control, and more - and they'll learn ways in which service providers can communicate effectively and respectfully with families.

In-depth knowledge of different cultures. Nine chapters on different groups, each written by experts from that culture, give readers up-to-date snapshots of history, demographics, traditions, values, beliefs, and attitudes toward child rearing and disability, as well as insightful advice on intervention.

Guidance on moving forward. Readers will get suggestions for improving their daily practice and the systems in which they work. They'll find useful guides to contrasting beliefs, values, and practices; significant cultural events and holidays; sample vocabulary words and phrases; and a list of suggested books, films, and other media.

Filled with timely new additions such as a chapter on South Asian roots, open-ended case studies on ethical dilemmas, and an expanded discussion on Middle Eastern roots, this is a comprehensive, must-have reference for any early intervention professional working with families whose customs, beliefs, and values may differ from their own.


Edited by Eleanor W. Lynch, Ph.D., Marci J. Hanson, Ph.D.
Published by Brookes Publishing, 2004
Format: Book, paperback, 544 pages
disAbility Awareness

A Video about Diversity

This is not a program ABOUT people with disabilities, it is about communicating with and relating to people. When you see someone who is paralyzed, unable to hear or speak, or unable to see, how do you react? Pity? Discomfort? Your reactions influence your ability to communicate and relate to people with disabilities.


Produced by: The Learning Seed, 1999
Format: VHS, 19 minutes, and discussion guide
Everyday Acts Against Racism

Raising Children in a Multicultural World

In this empowering book, mothers and teachers look at the effects of racism on our children and communities--and suggest practical ways we can work to end racial divisions.


Edited by: Maureen T. Reddy
Published by:Seal Press, 1996
Format: Book, paperback, 270 pages
Just Not Our Kind

Just Not Our Kind is a short, high-impact video that mentally prepares audiences to recognize the positive aspects of diversity.

Through a comic fable, the delightful video features an exciting array of 104 lovable dogs representing the diversity of the workplace and surprise narrators with extremely outmoded perspectives on diversity. It's all in good fun because this is "doggie culture" - which is what makes the video an extraordinary vehicle for presenting delicate diversity issues without offending anyone.

A lighthearted way to tackle a tough subject.

Audiences will smile throughout this engaging video that uses four-legged friends to demonstrate successful examples of diversity.

It provides compelling new insight into the behaviors and attitudes required in a diverse workplace - and it does so in a memorable way.

Just Not Our Kind can help trainers: Demonstrate the incongruity of stereotypes Focus audiences on the positive aspects of diversity Remind audiences that if they treat others well, fairly and respectfully, they will be treated the same in turn.
 

Producer: The Richardson Company, 2004
Format: VHS, 4 minutes
Multicultural Issues in Child Care

This book focuses on cultural differences relevant to child care, preschool and early intervention programs, and is designed to increase caregiver sensitivity to different cultural child-care practices and values and to improve communication and understanding between the caregivers and parents.


Author: Janet Gonzalez-Mena
Publisher: Mayfield Publishing, Third Edition, 2001
Format: Book, paperback, 137 pages
Music Within

A movie about a man who fought for the civil rights of the disabled may sound unbearable and self-important, but Music Within will surprise you with its rough, irreverent, and very entertaining wit. Even the title is caustic joke: Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston, Office Space) comes back from the Vietnam War with a severe ringing in his ears that leaves him virtually deaf.

Pimentel finds a new path in life when he starts a career finding jobs for his fellow vets--and forms a deep friendship with Art Honeyman (Michael Sheen, The Queen), a brilliant man whose body is twisted by cerebral palsy. Pimentel never loses his sardonic sense of humor, but he does find a genuine purpose in life when the U.S. government hires him to create a program to help employers hire the disabled--but his cause leads him away from his increasingly frustrated girlfriend (Melissa George, 30 Days of Night).

Music Within proves to be agarrulous, enjoyable warts-and-all biography, one that admires Pimentel's accomplishments but never loses sight of his human failings. No one gets turned into the representative of a suffering group; every character is well-drawn individual. Sharp supporting turns by Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman), Yul Vazquez (American Gangster), and especially Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business), as Pimentel's schizophrenic mother, give Music Within added punch. --Bret Fetzer


Produced by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 2006
Format: DVD, 94 Minutes
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