Ep.19 – Groundbreaking DeafBlind Learning Platform

Join David D'Arcangelo in an enlightening discussion with Doug Roland, the Oscar-nominated director of “Feeling Through.”

Discover how Doug's chance encounter with a DeafBlind individual sparked a transformative journey into disability advocacy and filmmaking.

Learn about the groundbreaking initiatives Doug is spearheading, including Feeling Through Studio, a revolutionary platform for disability education.

Don't miss this inspiring episode that transcends barriers and celebrates the power of storytelling to create meaningful change.

Website: Feeling Through

Doug Roland is an Oscar-nominated director for his film Feeling Through, which is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor. Featured on The Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Daily Show, in The New York Times, and LA Times and winner of over 160 film festival awards, Feeling Through is executive produced by Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and was made in partnership with Helen Keller National Center. Doug has used the film to create accessible screening events and speak at conferences, institutions, and schools around the world about collaborative, inclusive storytelling.

Doug produced the short documentary, Barefoot Empress, which is executive produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra and directed by Michelin star chef and humanitarian, Vikas Khanna. They have used the film to raise funds in service of providing high quality education for girls in underserved communities across India. To date, Barefoot Empress has helped rehabilitate 18 classrooms in India.

Doug's short film Jada became a viral sensation with over 25 million views on YouTube. He produced the feature film Life Hack which won 16 festival awards, including Best Independent Feature at the Cleveland International Film Festival. He studied film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and FAMU in Prague.

Now, in a widespread collaboration, Doug has launched Feeling Through Studio: an online learning platform that is home to authentic information on disability taught by disabled instructors through an immersive, storytelling approach. 

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