Film screening at New Salem library Feb. 7

Published: 2/5/2019 11:00:50 AM

NEW SALEM — The New Salem Public Library and North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy will present “Valuing Lives” a film screening, on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6-7 p.m.

This  documentary is about Wolfe Wolfensberger, a professor and change agent who triggered the paradigm shift in the 1970s popularizing and expanding the principle of normalization for persons with developmental disabilities.

Through archival images and footage, and dozens of interviews, Valuing Lives explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged our fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea.

There will be some students of Dr Wolfenberger on hand to facilitate a discussion following the film. The movie is 50 minutes.  For more information about Valuing Lives, visit

The program is made possible by a collaboration between the New Salem Public Library and North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy.

North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy (NQCA) is a not-for-profit association to develop and support relationships for people who will benefit from guidance, companionship, and/or advocacy. In each relationship, one partner (the protégé) has a mental disability or disorder. The other partner (the advocate) has skills and interests that match the needs and interests of their disabled friend. For more information about NQCA, visit Nate Johnson is the executive director.

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