News & Events

FDR: Great Abilities Screening

  • May - 01 - 2024

FDR: Great Abilities Screening

On Wednesday, April 10, we invited students from Browne Education Campus to join us for the film screening of FDR: Great Abilities at Busboys and Poets in Brookland, DC. The premier began with a 20-minute screening of our new educational documentary short that highlights how Americans with disabilities changed a presidential memorial to show the world what real leadership looks like.

Visit our Education Page to watch FDR: Great Abilities

Following the screening, the students had the opportunity to talk with Nila Morton, a disability advocate and one of the film’s narrators, as well as the legendary disability rights leader, Director of the FDR Wheelchair Statue Grassroots Campaign, and Co-Founder of the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee, Jim Dickson.

A group of people posing for a picture in a room in front of a large screen.

Caption: Students from Browne Education Campus pose for a picture with Nila Morton and Jim Dickson.

This 20-minute film is suitable for all ages and has been developed to meet middle and high school curriculum requirements. Additionally, it comes with audio description and closed captioning to ensure accessibility for all viewers. 

FDR Great Abilities was produced by The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee with funding by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Telling the Full History Preservation Fund,” the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation. The film was created by Onslot Films led by Producer Kate Hammond and Executive Producer Ben Patterson.  FDR Great Abilities was made in memory of the disabled advocates and allies who fought for disability rights and representation.

If you would like to help distribute the video on behalf of the FDR Committee, we have assembled a toolkit with templates for you to use. You can access the toolkit here