ReelAbilities Film Hits Home for Cotting Alum

May 1, 2018

Just a few weeks ago, Cotting School hosted a film for the ReelAbilities Film Festival for the third straight year!  A crowd of about 70 gathered to watch “Swim Team,” a film that chronicles the story of the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team comprised of teens on the autism spectrum.

The father and son duo who star in the film, Mike and Mike Jr., joined us for a lively Q&A session after the film.  Among the many thoughtful questions and comments we heard during the Q&A was one from a Cotting alumnus.  He shared a piece of his own story that resonated with that of the father and son relationship in the film.  He explained that his own father, in deference to the recommendations from doctors at the time, loved, cared, and supported him throughout his young life as a person with a disability.  Despite the doctors’ suggestion that he be institutionalized, the young man grew up to get married, have a career, and raise a daughter.  It was a father’s belief in his child – much like we saw in the film – that enabled his son to flourish.

We are delighted when our audience connects so deeply with a film that celebrates the lives of people with disabilities.  It is particularly touching to have our alumni back and see that Cotting continues to celebrate, promote, and discuss the important issues around disability that are as important today as they were so many years ago.

Be sure to keep an eye out for future ReelAbilities screenings at Cotting School!

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