Play

00:00

/

00:00

Full screen
Video quality

Low 0 MB

High 0 MB

HD 0 MB

Captions
Volume
Volume
Hero image for Smiling Again

Smiling Again

Television (Full Length) – 1991

A law change in the 1980s gave mentally-handicapped children the right to be educated at New Zealand state schools. This 1991 doco examines the pros and cons of mainstreaming special needs children, by looking at the schooling of severely brain-damaged child Jessica Palmer. Teachers both for and against mainstreaming are interviewed, alongside Jessica's parents. Palmer's teacher Sue Dunleavy admits there have been noise issues at times, but thanks to Jessica's presence her classmates have "learnt acceptance and caring and understanding, and it's taken the fear away."

Key Cast & Crew

Profile image for Tom Finlayson

Tom Finlayson

Director, Producer

Generic Profile image for Chris Gurr

Chris Gurr

Editor

Generic Profile image for David Caldwell

David Caldwell

Camera

Generic Profile image for Lorelei Mason

Lorelei Mason

Reporter

Generic Profile image for Paul Stent

Paul Stent

Sound

Profile image for Marcia Russell

Marcia Russell

Associate Producer

See all 8 credits

Produced by

Logo for Images Ink

Images Ink