EMMA’S GIFTS is a film about differences
-- how they matter and how they don’t.
Emma was born with Down syndrome which makes her different from
her twin sister, Abigale. Our expectations are automatically lowered.
Yet, in telling Emma’s story through the eyes of her parents,
the film challenges our perception of difference. Why does the assumption
exist that difference equals deficit - that special needs equals
little potential? At age 3, Emma’s reading ability defies
society’s stereotype of low expectations.
Emma is not different. She is an individual full of excitement
and curiosity. She walks through the door of the same pre-school
class as her typical peers. Watch her run and skip on the playground;
her classmates have yet to learn to see her differences. In time
As we experience this family’s journey through the preschool
years, we see the power of advocating for a child’s rights
and the importance of early intervention. As we experience the strategies
used to mainstream Emma in the school environment and witness the
grueling process of the Individual Education Plan meeting, we see
that anything is possible - that everyone benefits from including
children with special needs in their community and educational environments.
Ultimately we are encouraged to embrace difference and never to
underestimate the gifts that every individual has to offer.
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Asheville Film Festival