I shot, edited, and produced this video all on my own for my Visual Storytelling class. Our professor, Rich Beckman, instructed us to create a video about a Special Olympics athlete based in Miami, and gave us the contact information for the head of Special Olympics in South Florida. I showed up at one of their events at Bird Bowl, where many high school students from the area were competing, and I made some contacts there that eventually led me to Ramon.
Ramon introduced himself to me on a day I was visiting his school. I was originally going to do the story on another student, but when I met Ramon, I knew I had to reconsider.
Click on “Read More” to watch my video and meet Ramon for yourself.
I loved this assignment. I felt like I was helping Ramon tell his own story. I framed it according to what he loved to talk about and what he loved to do. Apart from that, my aim was to show the complexity of his character. I hope I did him due justice. I also hope I changed a few people’s impressions of what someone with an intellectual disability is like. Sometimes they lead more fulfilling lives than many people without such limitations.
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