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Case Study: “No Way to Live” Award Winning Documentary

Julie Ross and Veronica Ayala 2018 Texas Partners in Policymaking graduates entered a film contest with a multi-media tool they created during class to bring awareness to Texas SSLC’s. This tool was one step in establishing a strategy to educate and bring awareness to the Texas SSLC’s.

The Center for Disability Rights (CDR), a disability-led, not for profit corporation that provides services to people with disabilities to promote independence and self-determination, has convened its second annual “Free Our People Film Contest”. CDR is excited to congratulate the winners that were chosen by its team of expert judges and announce its upcoming film festival, in which all of these films will debut.

Part of CDR’s core mission of promoting self-determination for disabled people includes advocating for the rights of disabled people to live in the community with their friends and family rather than an institutionalized setting, like a nursing home. Currently and historically, this goal of community integration is made more difficult by a long-term care system that prioritizes nursing home care as a necessary entitlement while making home and community-based care an afterthought.

The “Free Our People Film Contest” is one way in which CDR is working to dismantle the systems that keep people locked away in nursing homes.

Julie Ross and Veronica Ayala received second place for “No Way to Live.” The film features Julie, interviewing Veronica about her experience living in a Texas – State Supported Living Center as a child. Julie and Veronica will be attending the film debut in New York later this year.

Veronica Ayala and Julie Ross attended and served on a panel at the Film Festival in Rochester, NY August 23rd, 2018.
“No Way to Live” won 2nd place for the “Free Our People Film Contest”. It has also been entered in the Austin Film Festival.

They filmed “No Way to Live” at TCEA during Texas Partners training, as their project for state awareness campaign for legislative change in State Supported Living Centers. Veronica told her story of living in an SSLC, when she was 5 years old, for the first time during Session 1 of Texas Partners training.

Watch their video here:

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