Going to School

2001, 64 minutes
Director/Producer: Richard Cohen
Distributed by Richard Cohen Films

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Additional Resources


Documentary Films

Place for Madness (1994, 57 minutes)
Distributor: PBS Video (www.pbs.org)
A WGBH Educational Foundation and D.L. Sage production for Frontline; written and produced by DeWitt Sage.
      This video examines the troubling conflict between protecting the rights of the mentally ill to live outside mental hospitals and safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and others.

Rights From the Heart: a Collection of Animation Films Based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1998, 49 minutes)
Distributor: National Film Board of Canada (www.nfb.ca).
Produced by Therese Descary.
      This collection presents a series of seven 1994 animated shorts without words from countries around the world which focus on the rights of young people and the difficulties of growing up whole in today's world.

Student Rights (1998, 23 minutes)
Ceative Directors: Anne Cadel and Lee H. Elman
Distributor: Ambrose Video (www.ambrosevideo.com).
Courtroom Television Network; produced by Marlene Hollander.
      This video investigates what schools can and cannot do to control student life and why. A student rights expert goes through the basics with a group of high school students.



Ballard, Keith, editor. Inclusive Education: International Voices on Disability and Justice Studies in Inclusive Education Series. London, UK; Philadelphia, PA: Falmer Press, 1999

Fine, Michele; Adrienne Asch, editors. Women with Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture, and Politics. Temple University press, 1989.

Friend, Marilyn Penovich. Including Students with Special Needs: a Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2002; 3rd edition.

Quinn, Gerard; Theresia Degener, et al. Human Rights and Disability: the Current Use and Future Potential of United Nations Human Rights Instruments in the Context of Diisability. New York, NY: United Nations, 2002.

Shapiro, Joseph P. No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. Random House, 1994.

Villa, Richard A. and Jacqueline S. Thousand, editors. Restructuring for Caring and Effective Education: Piecing the Puzzle Together. Maryland: Paul H. Brooks Publishing, 2000.



American Civil Liberties Union (article)
      ACLU Charges Los Angeles School District for Failing to Fulfill its Promises to Special Education Students

ACLU of Southern California (press release)
      Chanda Smith Attorneys Charge that LAUSD Has Failed to Fulfill Its Promises and Legal Obligations to Special Education Students

Going to School (Ir a La Escuela) (review)
      Disability World, A Film Review by Jennifer Perry

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
      Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education, and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Educational Media Reviews Online
      Going to School reviewed by Rue Herbert, University of South Florida, Tampa, copyright, 2004.

Los Angeles Unified School District (consent decree)
      Chanda Smith Consent Decree Implementation Plan

National Disabled Students Union
      National Disabled Students Union is a national, cross-disability, student organization founded in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the enforcement of Title I of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
      Protection & Advocacy, Inc. is dedicated to advancing the human and legal rights of people with disabilities.

Richard Cohen Films
      Producer/director film website

School Library Journal (review)
      Going to School (Ir a la escuela); video recording review by Mercedes Smith, May, 2002.

United Cerebral Palsy: National
      Education page


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