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Film Industry Talks Diversity

An industry insider will visit SDSU to discuss opportunities for the disabled community in the film industry.
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Joey Travolta, founder of Inclusion Films, will visit San Diego State University to discuss opportunities for the disabled community in the film industry.

Inclusion Films is a practical film workshop that teaches adults with developmental disabilities the art of film making. The program was created for young people with autism, but caters to a diverse array of people with disabilities.

According to John Johnson, associate professor of SDSU's Department of Special Education, adults with disabilities face an unemployment rate of 70 percent. To combat these statistics, Travolta's Inclusion Films teaches adults how to channel their insight into specific skills within the film industry.

"Travolta takes a very enlightened approach," Johnson said. "It's a perspective that doesn't come from a disability standpoint, but from an employer's view and recognizes  the assets that those with disabilities bring to the table."

About the presentation

Travolta will show the film "Through the Heart of Tango," a story about the journey of eight individuals, three with Autism and one with Down's Syndrome, learning to bond through tango. Following the screening, there will be a discussion about opportuities for the disabled within the film industry. 

The event shares a positive message about the possibilities for young adults with disabilities.

"We are very excited about the positive message of Joseph Travolta's talk as he describes the many capabilities of young adults with ASD working in the film industry," said Laura Hall, professor for the Department of Special Education.

More information

The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 27 in Exercise & Nutritional Sciences room 280.