SOURCE: Normal Films

October 04, 2007 09:00 ET

Millions of Typical Children Are Deeply Impacted by Growing up With a Special Needs Sibling

"The Sandwich Kid: A Film About Siblings & Disabilities" Explores What It Means to Have This Experience

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - A child with a disability has a profound effect on all family members, not just the parents. These overlooked siblings are given a voice with first-person perspectives in a provocative new documentary, "The Sandwich Kid: A Film About Siblings & Disabilities." Revealing the far-reaching effects on the lives of children caught in the middle, "The Sandwich Kid" provides a sensitive and compassionate look at the challenges and lifelong issues they face.

Just released by Normal Films, the movie details the experiences of siblings who explore what it means to have a disabled brother or sister. 12-year-old Jace King has been dealing with his older brother, Taylor, all his life. Estranged for 9 years because of their inability to connect, Jace shares his struggles and successes as the sibling of a brother with autism. Jace also follows in his brother's footsteps (co-creator of the hit film "Normal People Scare Me: A Film About Autism," produced by Joey Travolta) by working with his mother, Keri Bowers, a disabilities advocate turned filmmaker, to make "The Sandwich Kid."

There are 650 million people with disabilities worldwide, ranging from mild to severe (source: United Nations estimates.) In the U.S. there are 37 million Americans with disabilities, the third-largest minority. It's virtually impossible to determine the millions of siblings across the globe who are impacted by disability. All too often these individuals, young and old, have little or no support or recognition for their roles in the family. Siblings, often the single longest relationship during a person's lifetime, live with the ramifications throughout their lives.

The film features interviews with dozens of siblings from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from age 6 to 59. They describe the effects of experiences like teasing from other children, and resenting the persistent/relentless family focus on the special sibling. Also addressed is the toughest question: whether they will look after their sibling after their parents have passed away. And many show the positive side: they express tremendous love and compassion, and how seeing the world through their sibling's eyes has enriched their lives, teaching them to become more tolerant of people's differences.

"The Sandwich Kid" offers clarity, healing and understanding for parents and professionals dealing with disability. "The Sandwich Kid" runs 73 minutes.

Normal Films, founded in 2004 by disabilities advocate Keri Bowers, focuses on advocacy and education through the powerful medium of film. Keri has traveled around the globe screening her films and providing keynote addresses to bring the message of "possibilities, disabilities, and the arts" to parents and professionals worldwide.

For additional information on "The Sandwich Kid" visit www.normalfilms.com

Keri Bowers is available for interview by appointment, contact Terri Childs, Childs Communications, (805) 368-6558.

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