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Montreal Families

Kids with disabilities make their own play

Summit School, which serves more than 600 students with special needs, will host the premiere of Being Rachel, a student-made documentary that promotes the talents of students and others with various disabilities.

Founded in 1963, the private school provides support and education for 4- to 21-year-olds, who struggle with a range of difficulties including intellectual disabilities, autism, and/or behavioural and emotional disturbances.

The one-hour film follows four students living with developmental disabilities who put on a Broadway-style play about their lives. It focuses on the capabilities of the students who demonstrate courage and resilience in creating their own play.

“I think this film is important because the world tends to tell people with disabilities who they are,” says Kelly Grevatt, teacher at Summit School. “This movie gives the kids a chance to tell the world who they are, to share their lives and experiences. These kids are not going to let themselves be defined by their disability. They deal with so much in their personal lives, but they show up try so hard and are so capable.”

The screening is on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Theatre Desjardins. Tickets cost $10. Following the presentation, there will be a pizza party as well as a silent auction of student art work and goods, and a raffle with prizes. The money raised will go to the Summit School Foundation

For more information, visit summitperformingarts.com

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