Directing video works with the Self-Advocate community

this ability (2006). Produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Directed by Lorna Boschman.

this ability is an innovative filmmaking project that puts the tools of media creation directly into the hands of people with developmental disabilities. Formed as a partnership between the National Film Board of Canada and the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, participants met weekly, engaging in regular workshops and hands on training with filmmaker/mentor Lorna Boschman.

Over the course of a year, the members of the This Ability Media Club acquired the skills to tell their own stories in their own way. From Michelle McDonald’s compassionate ode to the humble arachnid, Be Kind to Spiders to Shannon Leclair’s exuberant celebration of her work at a local coffee shot, I Love My Job!, these short films celebrate our shared humanity while revealing the contributions that are made by all members of society.


From the Inside/OUT! (2000). 25 min. Video. Produced by the BC Self-Advocacy Foundation and BC Association for Community Living. Directed by Lorna Boschman.

For more than a century it was common practice in BC to segregate and confine people with developmental disabilities in large institutions. On October 21, 1996 that practice finally came to an end when the last two residents of Woodlands institution moved to their new homes in the community.

Based on an art exhibit of the same name, this video presents a rich tapestry of images and spoken memories, drawn from the experiences of several individuals who lived in Woodlands, Tranquille, and Glendale Lodge. Challenging, provocative, and above all powerful, this video contributes to an important but little-known chapter in BC’s social history.

Suitable for use in secondary schools, colleges and universities, community groups and social justice organizations. Available in DVD format.

Developed by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, in partnership with BCACL, with funding from Social Development Canada. Visit Inclusion BC for more details.

To order a copy of the video or DVD please contact Moving Images Distribution.