Music Within DVD full-length Movie
is an entertaining feature film that celebrates with humor
and depth the importance of looking beyond the disability and seeing the value of the person. The
Music Within DVD is based on a true story that depicts how one man helped change policies and
attitudes toward people with disabilities. Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston, Office Space) grew up with an
emotionally unstable mother (Rebecca De Mornay) and lost his father in a freak accident, so he turns to
public speaking in school to find direction in life and seek the approval and praise he needs. After
receiving insightful advice from a public speaking mentor (Hector Elizondo), Richard enlists in the army
and serves in Vietnam. He returns with impaired hearing and finds it difficult to get a job. Through
friendships with Art (Michael Sheen), who has cerebral palsy, and fellow Vietnam vets with various
ailments, Richard finds his calling as an employment placement advocate for those with disabilities. He’s
inspired to write a powerful training program for employers and government agencies to improve
conditions, hire and retain employees with disabilities. His effort along with many others committed to the
disability movement contributed to the creation of the congressionally approved Americans with
Disabilities Act. The DVD full-length version can be purchased separately ($27.95 retail price).
Music Within DVD extended training version DVD
captures 29 brief conversations by Richard as he
candidly speaks to viewers about the movie and the impact it has on people. The DVD is formatted
to enable the facilitator to easily select the appropriate segment to address specific topics with
students, employers, veterans, persons with disabilities, workforce development and rehabilitation
professionals, educators, special education, parents of individuals with disabilities and
The Facilitator Guide
offers detailed instructions for conducting training for each of the groups.
The implementation guidelines are clearly defined to enable the facilitator to attain the following
Participants of the training will be inspired to increase sensitivity and appreciation for the diversity of
disability and the differences that persons with disabilities bring to the workplace. Explore ways to see
beyond the disability and focus on the attributes and potential of the individual. An interactive discussion
after viewing the movie encourages employers to seek opportunities for an inclusive work environment
while exploring new strategies to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Participants will focus on their abilities, passion and vision, and discuss the challenges of limitations
associated with perceived impairments, the frustrations of the “system”, avenues for gaining support and
the importance of turning life experiences into a positive productive future. The facilitator format of the
training environment is an excellent forum for veterans to get together, to support each other, not give up
and to reconfirm that there is life after disability.
Persons with Disabilities
Participants will explore feelings, desires, struggles and accomplishments. They will learn about the
history of the disability movement and how Richard redirected his anger and dedicated his life to making
a difference in the lives of others. They will be encouraged to find their music within. The facilitator format
empowers participants to discuss their vision for the future and the importance of taking action to reach
Workforce Development Professionals
Participants will gain an understanding of the influence they have working with employers and individuals
with disabilities. The training focuses on integrating people with disabilities into their programs and
understanding the importance of creative job development based on the unique abilities, interests and
vision of the job seekers and the needs of the employer. Participants consider what can be done
differently to find the music within their clients and accommodate to their abilities.
Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of the role of rehabilitation professionals and the
influence they have working with employers and individuals with disabilities. The facilitator format
encourages rehabilitation professionals to “think out of the box” and to involve the individual in finding
solutions to meet their goals, to find the music within each of their clients that is inspired by their abilities,
passion and vision, and to consider what can be done differently to make a difference in the lives of
people with disabilities.
The movie is a tribute to the power of education in one person’s life. Educators will gain a stronger
understanding of the importance of focusing on a student’s ability, not their disability; creating an
educational environment of inclusion rather then exclusion; and appreciating the diversity of disability and
the point of view that a person with a disability brings to the classroom. Step-by-step instructions are
provided for conducting this training to educators and students. The facilitator format enables an open
forum to learn about various disabling conditions and to consider what can be done differently to make a
difference in the lives of people with disabilities. This training reinforces the awareness that one powerful
teaching moment can have a ripple effect that changes a person’s life.
Participants will learn the importance of educating other educators, students and parents to find the music
(natural talent) in the person and listen; to focus on the person’s abilities, interests and values instead of
primarily on the disability. Participants will explore the individuals featured in the movie and the impact of
the decisions they made to overcome barriers and the misperceptions of others. They will learn the how
important it is to appreciate people for who they are and the point of view that they share for solving
problems. Participants will consider what they can do differently after seeing the movie to make a
difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Parents of Persons with Disabilities
The facilitator format enables parents to discuss the impact that the movie made on them and appreciate
the diversity of responses from other parents. Participants will gain a new perspective about the disability
movement and willpower that makes change happen. They will be inspired to find the music (natural
talent) in people and focus on the person’s abilities, interests and values instead of primarily on the
disability. Participants will explore how Richard dealt with his disability and explore ideas to support their
child/adult with a disability to succeed in pursuing their dreams and becoming more independent.
Participants will gain a new perspective about people with disabilities through an interactive discussion of
key scenarios in the movie focused on the inspiration of passion, overcoming obstacles, inclusion vs.
exclusion and changing perception. Participants will discuss the impact the movie made on them, how
people with disabilities were portrayed in the movie, and the importance of seeing past the disability and
getting to know the person. Participants will also explore what role their religious organization should
have in working with people with disabilities and ways to integrate people with disabilities in
High School and College Students
Enjoy an entertaining feature film that celebrates with humor and depth the importance of looking beyond the disability and seeing the value of the person. Students will gain a better understanding on historical elements of the disability movement, and an appreciation for people with disabilities. By focusing on ability and not disability, they will gain a new perspective that will influence their attitude about people with disabilities.