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Title Changing identities [electronic resource] / by Daniel Labbato.
Published Boston, MA : Fanlight Productions, 2007.

Description 1 online resource (57 min.)
Series Health and society in video
Summary Each year, approximately 1.5 million people have their lives suddenly and irrevocably changed by traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries or stroke. Pat Gardner, a New York Banker, was driving to work when she was hit by another car. The accident left her apparently uninjured. The police who responded to the accident put her on a commuter train to the city, but Pat didn't know who she was or where she was going, and wandered around Penn Station for hours before finally asking for help. While current therapies can leave many people like Pat unable to function, or institutionalized indefinitely, this documentary explores a powerful alternative. In 1999, retired artist Bill Richards founded The Art Studio at the Northeast Center for Special Care, in upstate New York. It was modeled on a similar program he had created for injured young adults in Harlem. Because Richards believes every person has the ability to become an artist, he doesn't consider the participants as "patients" or "students," nor does he suggest themes, give assignments, teach technique, or offer criticism. The unconventional studio is open all day, allowing patients to come and go as they please. The goal is not art as therapy, but the creation of art for its own sake, and as a means for the artists to rediscover who they are or forge new identities.
Note Previously published as DVD.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Health and society in video). Available via World Wide Web.
Language Closed-captioned.
Subject Gardner, Pat.
Richards, Bill.
Art therapy.
Brain damage -- Patients -- Rehabilitation.
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients -- Rehabilitation.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- Psychological aspects.
Head -- Wounds and injuries -- Rehabilitation.
Spinal cord -- Wounds and injuries -- Treatment.
Genre Documentary films.
Internet videos.
Related Names Labbato, Daniel.
Streep, Meryl.
Fanlight Productions.
Northeast Center for Special Care.
Collection Title Alexander Street Press.
NIH/NLM Women's Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project Grant.
Related To Original video publisher number DVD-476
Original (OCoLC)182729440
Original 1572959029
Original 9781572959026