When a group of mentally disabled and handicapped employees at Goodwill Industries in south Florida began rocking out on a piano at work in 1996, they could hardly have imagined where that jam session would take them. The band eventually grew to include an orchestra with vocals, percussion, keyboards and a brass section, and even recorded a CD in 2003. Most recently, the band's story was featured in the uplifting, festival-darling documentary For Once in My Life.
The film follows Terry, a blind and mentally impaired lead singer/saxophone player; Christian, a blind pianist with autism; Nancy, a soprano with mental disabilities; and Sam, a drummer with many physical and mental problems. Between concerts and rehearsals, audience members witness the difficulties and triumphs these individuals undertake daily.
On Thursday, May 26, Disability Rights Idaho will screen this award-winning film at its second annual Walk a Mile in My Wheels event at Visual Arts Collective.
In addition to a movie screening, the fundraiser will also include complimentary apps from Falcon Tavern, Lilly Jane's Cupcakes and 3 Girls' Catering, as well as a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds from the evening will go to DRI to help continue its efforts "to protect, promote and advance the legal and human rights of people with disabilities through legal, individual and system advocacy."[ Video is no longer available. ]