IlluminArt's production "Why Not?" highlights living with a disability. In our typical style, "Why Not?" contains vignettes describing real life challenges faced by the disabled community and include stories from both the intellectually and physically disabled people themselves, care providers, and family members.
The goal of this production is to give voice to members of the disabled community and to raise awareness within the abled population, thereby promoting ethical, respectful and sensitive treatment for all those currently living with a disabilities and their families.
"Why Not?" also has unique social repercussions for combatting ableism, a form of perceived social prejudice against the disabled community, by showcasing useable, workable solutions for interacting with this diverse population. With honest, open dialogue it is hoped that some of the challenges facing the disabled community will be decreased.
Written by and performed by members of the disabled community, audience members gain a better understanding of the needs of the disabled population, shedding light on discrimination and barriers that disabled individuals face.
"Why Not?" premiered at the Staten Island JCC's 9th Annual Real Abilities Film Festival! The staff and participants at Staten Island's Person Centered Care Services (PCCS) and the Jewish Community Center's (JCC) Dayhabilitation, as well as United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), all participated.
For more information about bringing "Why Not?" to your school or community based organization, contact, Arlene Sorkin, Executive Director, Arlene.firstname.lastname@example.org.