BROOKLYN, New York, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NYU Tandon School of Engineering Senior Lecturer Allan B. Goldstein's Disabilities Studies course, where engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy explore how to communicate, connect, and cultivate their abilities by making videos together, is the subject of the acclaimed documentary "The Ability Exchange." The award-winning film will screen at NYU Tandon Pfizer Auditorium on Wednesday, November 30, at 6:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow; the screening is free, although registration is required.
View trailer and order tickets here:http://bit.ly/2gbjlOM The course is part of the NYU ABILITY Project, which brings together engineers, designers, scientists, educators, speech and occupational therapists, and individuals with disabilities. The program is one of the many ways in which the NYU Tandon School of Engineering uses technology in service to society. Described by Indiewire as "an empathy engine," the film illustrates the trajectory of personal growth and bonding that these first-time filmmakers experience in the classroom and beyond. A Q&A session will take place after the screening and will include remarks from Goldstein, NYU Tandon Professor and Co-Founder of the NYU Ability Project R. Luke DuBois, and "The Ability Exchange" Director Bing Wang; Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan will introduce the film. Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, will moderate the session. "At NYU Tandon, a long standing dictum has been that Man is one with Nature, from which flows the ideal that one must use one's technical and scientific knowledge for the benefit of humankind," Sreenivasan said. "The Ability Project and our Disabilities Studies course ensure we are cultivating the character of students as well as their technical knowledge in their chosen field. We are pleased to welcome Director Wang and to invite all New Yorkers and their friends to share the insights he gleaned from Allan Goldstein's life-affirming course." Goldstein is a faculty member in the Technology, Culture and Society Department at NYU Tandon. He helped establish the Disabilities Studies minor, a cross-school, interdisciplinary program intended to educate students about the historical, social, and legal circumstances that shape the experience of disability - and help them discover ways in which they can put their engineering knowledge to use in the field. His is one of three core courses for the new minor.