Common perceptions of disability consistently and dramatically underestimate virtually every measure of competence, productivity and quality of life. These misperceptions and assumptions about what the 54 million people with disabilities in our society can and cannot do, result in reduced opportunities, lowered expectations, and barriers to full participation.
“Right to Risk” is a one-hour documentary that chronicles a 15-day, 225-mile whitewater rafting adventure through Grand Canyon by eight individuals with disabilities. The film is distributed by American Public Television to more than 350 member public television stations through 2009.
Building on the success of the continuing broadcast of the film, the producers are using the theme of “Right to Risk” as a rallying point for a national community engagement campaign —to change perceptions about disability and eliminate attitudinal barriers that limit people with disabilities.