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A Wheelchair For Petronilia

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Potholed dirt roads and cobblestone streets, high curbs with no curb cuts, and rough-hewn stone stairways instead of ramps make life hard for anyone with a mobility impairment in Antigua, Guatemala. It's been conservatively estimated that as many as twenty million people in developing countries need wheelchairs, but less than one percent have access to them. Those wheelchairs they do have are usually first-world castoffs that break down frequently and are made from materials and parts that cannot be repaired or replaced locally. The Transitions program trains Guatemalans with disabilities to build and repair wheelchairs while providing a range of other support services. Almost entirely operated by people with disabilities, the organization encourages education, employment, and entrepreneurship-and fields a winning wheelchair basketball team. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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