Discussants: Lisa Olivieri, Film Director, Jennifer Harnish, PhD, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Beth Leventhal, Co-Executive Director, The Network /La Red, and Martha Steele, Usher Syndrome Coalition Board
Patricia Livingstone was trapped in a downward spiral of blindness, deafness and domestic abuse. This is the story of how she reclaimed her life. She was thirteen years old when officially diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome, a rare condition that ultimately leads to blindness and deafness. As her condition progressed, Patricia was slowly shuffled to the outskirts of society. Battling solitude and institutionalization, she emerged from her teenage years fiercely motivated to change her life. She took up music, film, and painting. She also embraced her sexuality as a lesbian. Emboldened, Patricia fell in love with Karen and began a long term, live-in relationship. But only eight months into their courtship, the domestic abuse began. Again, Patricia’s world closed in on itself. The film weaves intimate, real time scenes, shot over the course of eight years, with home videos and photographs, to relay the story of a woman whose spark did not fade even in the face of great hardship and loss. This epic story - conveyed with a tone set by the quirky humor of Patricia’s narration - shines a light on domestic abuse, disability, forgiveness, and what it truly means to be independent.
Approved for 3 CEs for Social Workers.
|Early Bird Rates*:
*Add $5 if registering 10 business days or less in advance, or at the door.
- NASW Member -$30
- Non-Member -$45
|To register online,
click on the "register" link above (under "Registration Information").
To register by mail or pay by check, download the registration form
and mail with payment to:
NASW MA Chapter
14 Beacon St., Suite 409
Boston, MA 02108
Make checks payable to "NASW".
|REDUCED FEES:If you need a reduced fee in order to attend, kindly request it 10 business days or more prior to the program date by calling 617-227-9635 x 18. No one should be prevented from attending a CE program because of finances.
|SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS:If you require special accommodations to fully participate, including sign language interpreters, please specify in writing no later than 30 days prior to the event and we will be glad to discuss options.