Photo captions: DVD cover for “The Music Within” and Chris Fries, Director of Student Success Office presents DVD to Oscar DeLong, Director of Library Services
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Hailed as landmark legislation in U.S. history, the ADA has been pivotal in defining nondiscriminatory practices and equal access opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
To mark the anniversary Chris Fries, the Director of the Student Success Office at Bay College, has donated the dvd “Music Within
” to the Bay College Library. The movie tells the story of Richard Pimentel. As a young man, Pimentel realized he had a remarkable gift for public speaking. Pimentel's idol is College Bowl founder Dr. Padrow (Elizondo), but upon trying out for Dr. Padrow, the ambitious young speaker is informed that he won't have anything to talk about until he has lived a full life. Realizing that there is some merit to Dr. Padrow's observation, Pimenel subsequently enlists in the military and prepares for duty in Vietnam. Later, while fighting on the battlefield, Pimentel loses his hearing and returns home disabled. Frustrated when others inform him that he will never achieve his dreams due to the fact that he is disabled, the determined veteran makes it his mission to prove them wrong. But it isn't as much about changing others' perceptions of the disabled as it is about altering their perceptions of themselves, and with a little help from foul-mouthed, cerebral palsy-stricken genius Art Honeyman, free-spirited beauty Christine, and mercurial, hard-drinking veteran Mike Stoltz, Pimentel will play a pivotal role in creating the Americans With Disabilities Act, and finally discover his inner music.
The dvd is free to check out of the Bay College Library as are other movies, books, etc., to anyone with a picture id.