Understanding & Acknowledging Disabilities from a Native Perspective

As Native peoples, our communities have been based on each individual having a sacred duty and responsibility for the well-being of our communities so that all have an equal contribution to the community. This indigenous knowledge and concept continues to exist and to be encouraged; it is important to acknowledge our traditional teachings as they serve our foundational ways.

This film acknowledges the traditional teachings told from the Navajo (Diné) & Hopi perspective that speak about the equality of the disability community. These teachings provide and remind us of our sacred duties to have compassion, respect, and support all in our communities.


Above and Beyond Our Disability: A Native American Success

This film introduces seven individuals with disabilities who share their stories and journey—recounting how they pursued employment and/or higher education. The individual’s careers and opportunities vary from an artistic self-employment business, to pursuing their graduate degree from a university across the country. Each individual shares their challenges and obstacles they have encountered, providing us with their helpful advice that all is possible. An employer’s perspective is also offered in the film to provide the support and encourage other businesses to hire individuals with disabilities.

Part of the film also serves a great resource in presenting information on the Client Assistance Program (CAP) and the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS). The film helps to display these programs and explain how individuals with disabilities can access these services, including additional resources of Vocational Rehabilitation.


Please fill out the form below if you would like a staff member from the Native American Disability Law Center to present these films at your organization.

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