Rising Phoenix SRV Study Group: Sir Ludwig Guttman recognized sport as central to the rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries, and organized the first competition for athletes in wheelchairs, which took place during the opening ceremonies of the 1948 London Olympic Games. The term Paralympic has less to do with the physical condition of “paralysis” and more with a gaming competitions for those with disabilities which would “parallel” the Olympics. Since 1960, the Paralympics have taken place every four years, evolving over time to include more disciplines.
Stacy Buchman, Sandi Slezak, and Elisa Parmer will lead us as we view “Rising Phoenix,” which unearths the history of a sports movement which has overcome great adversity to defend the humanity of all people. The film follows several Paralympic athletes as they work tirelessly to achieve athletic championship and redefine how disability is perceived on a global scale.
*Prior attendance at a full multi-day Introduction to SRV Theory Course is required.
Documenting Difference: An SRV Study Group Series: This SRV study group series will explore some of the films produced over the past ten years documenting the life experiences of a wide array of people facing societal devaluation. This year’s documentary selection will focus on real life stories from children and adults experiencing mental health conditions and those living with physical and intellectual impairment. Each study group will incorporate facilitated discussion guided by members of the KHS SRV Leadership Group. Together we will reflect on the life experiences of those being depicted, what relevant SRV themes can be identified, and how what we learn can impact the service each of us provides through our diverse roles within the organization.
December 16, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm