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  • By Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP

Disabilities Film Festival Comes to NJ


I am proud that the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at my alma mater, Montclair State University, is a sponsor of the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The university will host this disabilities film festival November 1 to 3.

The festival, the largest of its kind in the country, is dedicated to “promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of and about people with different abilities.” It will feature post screening speakers, presentations and other programs to “discuss, embrace and celebrate the diversity” of people with disabilities.

More information on the festival and tickets is available at www.montclair.reelabilities.org. Other festival films will be shown nearby at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange on October 31 and November 3 and 5.

Other local festival sponsors include the Kessler Foundation, AXA, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Easter Seals New Jersey, New Jersey chapter of Alexander Graham Bell and New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Below is a video that promoted the festival's New York premiere earlier this year.

Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.


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