FIXED sweeps the nation on public TV!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

How much of the body can we alter and still be human?

Public Television Premiere of Award-Winning Film on the Promise and Perils of Human Enhancement, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

“An ethical and philosophical mind-bender…” — CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

(Oakland, CA. July 20, 2015.) In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), three-time award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, premieres on public television this week, kicking off with over 1,300 telecasts scheduled around the country, through the WORLD channel (WGBH) and over 100 other primary channels, reaching over 92 million homes in more than 81% of the country.

From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Fixed explores the social impact of human biotechnologies and rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

Starring NPR radio host John Hockenberry, MIT bionics engineer Hugh Herr, disability justice educator Patty Berne; biochemist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring; Ekso exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo; robot scientist Rodney Brooks; bioethicist and policy advocate Marcy Darnovsky; reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason; disability lawyer Silvia Yee, disability studies scholar Dominika Bednarska; futurist Jamais Cascio; brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes; and transhumanist James Hughes and philosophy professor Cressida Heyes. With cameo performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers and artists, including the Anjali Dance Company, Antoine Hunter, AXIS Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Dancing Wheels Company, Heidi Latsky Dance’s GIMP, Kounterclockwise, Lisa Bufano, and […]

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Starbucks features FIXED for #ADA25

Calling all coffee lovers,

If you get your cuppa joe at Starbucks from July 20th through July 26th, be sure to bring your laptop. When you log in to use their wi-fi, this is what you’ll find.

 

This spring, we were contacted by Starbucks about hosting a screening at their headquarters. We decided to make a trade:  a free screening of FIXED at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, which happened last week with Starbucks EVP Scott Pitaskty, in exchange for featuring the FIXED trailer in all of their cafes across the U.S. and Canada for one week. Part of Starbucks efforts to increase disability awareness in-house (and out) leading up to ‪#‎ADA25‬ – and not to mention, great exposure for FIXED!

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Coalition of leading Disability Rights organizations host the Washington, D.C. Premiere of Fixed

Fixed had a phenomenal DC Premiere  at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on March 3rd, 2015. Co-sponsored by the United Spinal Association, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and several other leading disability rights groups, as well as the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Moderated by Patrick Cokley from the Lead On Network.

Event Program:
Opening Remarks 7pm -7:10pm
MC, Patrick Cokley, Lead On Network
Film screening – FIXED 7:10-8:10PM
Panel discussion 8:15-9:00PM

MODERATOR: Mr. Cokley is a long-time disability advocate who works to bring issues of inclusion to the forefront of all communities. He has significant experience working at the intersection of disability policy and social media, in both the Federal and non-profit sectors. As a founding member of the Lead On Network, Mr. Cokley serves as the Administrator for the Lead On Update, an up-to-the-minute social-media focused resource to discover, collect, and also provide commentary on media articles on technology, employment, and education as well as policies, programs, and events on Capitol Hill as they relate to disability. Visit the site at www.leadonnetwork.org/wordpress or follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter @leadonupdate. As a graduate of a Historically Black University, Mr. Cokley believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Cultural barriers have led to disability being a taboo subject in many ethnic communities, and the disability community needs the experience of the diversity field to continue their advocacy and policy goals. Only together can both communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens.

PANELISTS:
Heather L. Ansley is the Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Government Relations at Paralyzed Veterans of America. Ms. Ansley began her tenure with […]

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“Future Tense: Will Technology Put an End to Disability?” – Special event based on FIXED

On March 4, 2015, Future Tense, a partnership between the New America Foundation, Arizona State University and Slate magazine, hosted a special event based on – and in collaboration with – Fixed:The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement called “Future Tense: Will Technology Put an End to Disability?”

“Attention-grabbing advances in robotics and neurotechnology have caused many to rethink the concept of human disability. A paraplegic man in a robotic suit took the first kick at the 2014 World Cup, for instance, and the FDA has approved a bionic arm controlled with signals from the brain. It’s not hard to imagine that soon these advances may allow people to run, lift, and even think better than what is currently considered “normal”—challenging what it means to be human. But some in the disability community reject these technologies; for others, accessing them can be an overwhelmingly expensive and bureaucratic process. As these technological innovations look more and more like human engineering, will we need to reconsider what it means to be able and disabled?

Watch the entire event in two parts below.

Read related features on Slate:
Disabled by Design: How a lack of imagination in technology keeps the world inaccessible to huge numbers of people.
By Clark Miller and Claire Gordon
Will Technology Put an End to Disability? A Future Tense Event Recap
By Jacob Brogan
People With Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Defined by the Technologies They Do or Don’t Use
By Silvia Yee
The Best Adaptive Technologies Are Designed by, Not for, People With Disabilities
By Sethuraman Panchanathan
How Do You Make a Better Facebook Experience for Blind Users? Ask These “Empathy Engineers.”
By Cade Metz
 

Panel #1: Engineering Ability

​Jennifer French, Executive director, Neurotech Network
Larry Jasinksi, CEO, ReWalk Robotics
Will Oremus, Senior technology writer, Slate

Panel […]

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