Here is the flyer for our Sixth Annual Disability Awareness Film Festival. Thanks to our partners at Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities and Sprout for assisting with putting on this event. Also thanks to the State of Montana's Developmental Disabilities Program for serving as our host site this year. Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities and Partner’s Ensuring Equal Rights and Supports present the Sixth Annual Disability Awareness Film Festival Living Side By Side Thursday March 15th 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Public Health and Human Services Auditorium 111 Sanders, Helena MT TIME FOR A CHANGE DIRECTED BY DANNY SMITH 5 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2012 / UK This auto-biographical documentary follows a filmmaker as he bids farewell to the South London housing cooperative that he has lived in for eight years and returns to his native Oxford. LOVE AND INDEPENDENCE IN EAST PROVIDENCE DIRECTED BY KASSIE BRACKEN 10 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2014 / USA Lori Sousa knew Peter Maxmean was her soul mate when they first met, and now they are showing how people with intellectual disabilities can live, work and thrive in a community. The New York Times columnist Dan Barry and video journalist Kassie Bracken continue to put a spotlight on the rights and stories of American workers with intellectual disabilities with Love and Independence in East Providence. The short documentary introduces Lori Sousa and Peter Maxmean, a Rhode Island couple about to get married. Lori knew Peter was her soul mate when they first met, and now they are showing how people with intellectual disabilities can live, work and thrive in a community. BEAUTIFUL DIRECTED BY GENEVIEVE CLAY 17 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2010 / AUSTRALIA Two people with disabilities navigate through the challenges they’re faced with when their relationship is displayed in public. This is a short film about love and acceptance, made in Canberra by a crew of people which included individuals with disabilities. FINDING FRED DIRECTED BY GEOFFREY KAPPENBERG 10 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2010 / USA Finding Fred shows the development of love, admiration and enormous devotion between two brothers once separated by the Willowbrook State School, an institution for “children with mental retardation.” The filmmaker gently guides a discussion about the past, present, and future, showing that with support, everyone can learn. This is a love story of brothers reunited. FIGHTER DIRECTED BY BUGSY STEEL 7 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2017 / UK Ten minutes before a boxing match, a teenage boxer with Down syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring. The story unfolds backstage in the immediate moments leading up to the fight. Fighter finds himself torn between his over-bearing trainer, a sister who hates seeing him get hurt and a boxing committee unsure whether to sanction him to fight at all. Both an exploration of amateur boxing and freedom of choice, Fighter is a tense, visceral human drama about one person’s fight to follow his dreams. Feature film sponsored by the Helena Civitan Club THE GIRL WITH THE TUBA DIRECTED BY ESTEBAN ARGUELLO 5 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2010 / USA A young woman with autism details how playing a tuba in the streets of Atlanta has helped her define her voice as an activist. TRACK BY TRACK DIRECTED BY ANNA MOOT-LEVIN 15 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2013 / USA Track by Track follows the story of Kendall Collins, an 18-year-old sketch artist with autism who is on the brink of adulthood. “DPHHS is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Contact the DPHHS ADA Coordinator, at 444-3136, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , if you will need a reasonable accommodation to attend the National Disabilities Awareness Festival. Please submit requests as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time is provided to process the request and implement reasonable accommodations. A two-week notice is preferred.” We hope you have enjoyed this festival. These films were brought to you through the collaboration of the MCDD and PEERS, Unlimited. All films are available from Sproutflix.

 Welcome to PEERS, Unlimited

The agency known as Partners Ensuring Equal Rights and Supports, Unlimited, or PEERS, is celebrating its 27th year serving individuals in the Helena area. Originally, PEERS was started by a group of parents who saw a need in their children with special needs. Their focus was on interaction with peers and socialization. One of the highlight events sponsored by PEERS has always been Summer Camp.

Many partnerships have been developed as the agency has grown. Involvement as an affiliate with the United Way has provided the funding needed to provide and promote programs. PEERS has always worked closely with other community agencies who provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Other community partners have included the First Lutheran Church, Helena School System, Moose Lodge, Fort Harrison Service Club, the Helena Civitan Club, MYLIF, and Disability Rights Montana.

One of most effective programs over the years has been PEER Pals. By partnering individuals with and without disabilities, the friendships formed have lead to lasting relationships. Many of the Pals have gone on to occupations providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Although the specific activities offered by the agency have changed over the years, the primary focus continues to be on social and integrative activities for individuals. Many of the original kids involved with PEERS now continue their involvement in the adult services we offer.

A big thank you to all of our supporters and users! We hope you will continue to help keeps us a viable organization for the years to come!


The dates for PEERS Camp 2018 are confirmed.

Monday, July 9th through Wednesday, July 11th

Applications are also available online to be printed and filled out!

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