In partnership with
The Adaptive Design Association

Among the Giants

The documentary film

DISCUSSION


When it comes to the discussion on "disability", there are a wide range of possible topics and themes. The following questions are catered to the broader discourse as well as themes particular to Among the Giants, and may prove to be useful for those who wish to discuss the role and meaning of adaptation, as well as the underlying fundamentals of what it means to see someone as "disabled".

The Film


1. How did the film make you feel?

2. Whom in the film did you resonate most with and why?

3. Why do you think so many individuals do not receive the customized equipment they need?

4. How might individuals who need equipment be able to better voice their need?

5. What community and structural adaptations could take place to better meet the demand of so many individuals?


Adaptation & Creation


1. What does it mean for a piece of equipment to be customized?

2. Why might mass-produced pieces of equipment not always be as useful as customized pieces?

3. Have you ever identified the need for an adaptation in your life, and what did you do once you recognized this need?

4. What might the implication and benefit of working with your hands be?

5. When you identify a problem in your life, in what manner do you go about finding a solution?


Learning


1. In what ways was Alex able to learn from Tamara and Raven, and in what ways were Tamara and Raven able to learn from Alex and Adaptive Design?

2. How can cardboard carpentry be used as a teaching tool?

3. How do you learn best? What improvements could be made in your community to improve learning for all?

4. Do you ever feel like there are moments where you are not learning to the extent that you could be? If so, what might you be able to change in such a

   situation so that you learn better?

5. What does learning mean to you?


"Disability"


1. What does the term disability mean to you?

2. Why might the term disability be problematic?

3. How do you feel when you see someone with an obvious physical or mental disability?

4. If you feel uncomfortable or awkward around someone with an obvious physical or mental disability, why might you be feeling this way?

5. Are you ever unable to do what you want or need to do? If so, what steps do you take in order to work around this disability?

6. How might individuals with particularly obvious or severe physical and mental disabilities feel about the common usage of the term disability?

7. What do you think can be done to lessen the degree of ostracizing in our communities?

8. Why do you think the larger discussion on disability is seldom raised?


Perspective


1. Utilizing some of the answers to the questions above: can you describe your perspective on disability? That is, can you explain what beliefs

    and assumptions are being made?

2. How do you think your perspective on disability has been shaped?

3. What steps might one take to develop a more inclusive perspective?

4. In what ways does perspective impact social change?