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Body and soul : Diana and Kathy

By: Elliott, Alice.
Publisher: New York, NY Welcome Change Productions 2008Description: DVD : 40 mins.ISBN: 9781574482263.Subject(s): INDEPENDENT LIVING | FRIENDSHIPS | SELF ADVOCACY | HUMAN RIGHTS | COMMUNITY LIVING | DOWN SYNDROME | CEREBRAL PALSY | DEINSTITUTIONALISATION | LEGISLATION | BIOGRAPHY | UNITED STATES OF AMERICASummary: The story of the remarkable friendship between Diana Braun, who has Down syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy. The two met over three decades ago, and have been roommates, friends, and partners in political activism ever since.Review: In 2005, Kathy Conour and Diana Braun were awarded an Illinois Human Rights Award. They were the first people with disabilities to receive this honor and absolutely deserved the recognition. Their hard struggle for the right to be a part of their community and to be able to live independently is graphically illustrated through this film. Alice Elliott has done an amazing job of revealing the two women in the home and out in the community. We get to know Diana, as Kathy’s personal assistant in all ways, with her straight talk and uncompromising reactions and her grasp of essentials “Make the money follow the people”. Kathy who has such wit, amazing grace considering her physical difficulties and strength in the face of real adversity is always willing to listen to Diana. They complement each other well as 35 years of shared living proves. Both women have a disability, Diana Down syndrome and Kathy Cerebral Palsy, but what really stands out after watching the film is their characters and the work they do as activists and human rights speakers. Summary: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007
List(s) this item appears in: Down Syndrome DVDs CM Mar17 | DVDs for summer viewing. Dec 2017 CM | Biography DVDs Oct18 | Cerebral palsy in adults Dec 2018
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The story of the remarkable friendship between Diana Braun, who has Down syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy. The two met over three decades ago, and have been roommates, friends, and partners in political activism ever since.

In 2005, Kathy Conour and Diana Braun were awarded an Illinois Human Rights Award. They were the first people with disabilities to receive this honor and absolutely deserved the recognition. Their hard struggle for the right to be a part of their community and to be able to live independently is graphically illustrated through this film.
Alice Elliott has done an amazing job of revealing the two women in the home and out in the community. We get to know Diana, as Kathy’s personal assistant in all ways, with her straight talk and uncompromising reactions and her grasp of essentials “Make the money follow the people”. Kathy who has such wit, amazing grace considering her physical difficulties and strength in the face of real adversity is always willing to listen to Diana. They complement each other well as 35 years of shared living proves.
Both women have a disability, Diana Down syndrome and Kathy Cerebral Palsy, but what really stands out after watching the film is their characters and the work they do as activists and human rights speakers.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007

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Highly recommend! Amazing story and well made

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Excellent film. Great, insightful, funny and sad and inspiring. This is self advocacy at its best. Shows how powerful individual efforts can be in bringing about change. Reviewed by Jeremy Barnes

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