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Smiling Again Television (Full Length) – 1991 Documentary

Smiling Again

Television (Full Length) – 1991 Documentary

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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."

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Tom Finlayson

Director, Producer

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Chris Gurr

Editor

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David Caldwell

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