The Documentary

Where it all began.

A lack of understanding concerning people with developmental differences has led to exaggerated fears and diminished expectations. But providing information and contact creates understanding and empathy—the two ingredients needed to transform negative attitudes into inclusive mindsets.

As a college senior, Kirsti Lewis made a documentary film as a way of sharing the research she’d done around these concepts. And it worked. More than 1,200 people attended the film’s premiere—inspiring the launch of People Like Us as a nonprofit organization.

“The film and your dialogue helped plant seeds for present and future personal growth. The movie introduced my students to real people with the same feelings as theirs.

As the individuals in the movie shared their life testimonies, the apparent gap that separates what may have been awkward and unfamiliar was decreased.”

-Sue Wilsman, Educator

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