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June 7, 2023, 5:30 pm7:30 pm

The Biggest Obstacle
Film Screening and Q+A
Wednesday, June 7

Bartos Theater (E15-070)

Join the Disabilities ERG for a screening of the award winning film The Biggest Obstacle, directed and produced by ACT’s Gearóid Dolan on Wednesday, June 7th from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Bartos Theater (E15-070)

A short Q & A with the director will follow the screening for recent updates on the topic and for audience questions. Refreshments will be served at 5pm.

About the film: The Biggest Obstacle follows the investigations of researcher and disability rights activist Jessica Murray as she examines accessibility in the New York City Transit System over a two year period wherein she progresses from a vocal activist to a person of actual influence and import in the system, all while under the shadow of her own imminent decline into disability due to multiple sclerosis. The film features numerous interviews and ride-alongs with people with a variety of disabilities as they discuss and demonstrate their experiences with the transit system and their activism to fight for their rights. It documents numerous protests and an exclusive interview and ride-along with New York Transit President Andy Byford as he discusses the work he did to improve accessibility and his sudden departure from that position in the middle of restructuring the system.

We are committed to making this event accessible to all MIT community members. If there is anything you need to participate fully, please reach out to gearoid@mit.edu.

Co-sponsors: MIT Disabilities ERG, Art Culture and Technology, Institute Community and Equity Office, Morningside Academy for Design, Human Resources, Office of Graduate Education, Intercultural Engagement, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT Libraries, MIT Management Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion