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SHC/The Arc of Medina County will celebrate 60 years

UPublish story by Stephanie Moore

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, SHC/The Arc of Medina County will celebrate 60 years of service to the community by hosting a Sprout Film Festival on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The film festival will take place at the Highland High School Auditorium, 4150 Ridge Rd., Medina, OH 44256. Shows will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“We chose the Sprout Film Festival to kick-off our year-long celebration because the film festival best exemplifies SHC’s commitment of advocacy and care to individuals with disabilities. Our organization was founded on the principles that each individual should be valued for their unique personality and abilities and the films we selected convey this belief,” said Melanie Kasten-Krause, executive director of SHC/The Arc of Medina County. More than 15 unique and inspiring films will be showcased between two shows.


The Sprout Touring Film Festival from New York City features a select group of life-affirming films related to the field of developmental disabilities. Some are as short as two minutes; others are closer to 30 minutes and feature individuals in college, as artists, and as athletes. All are thought provoking, uplifting and even funny!

The Sprout Film Festival aims to raise the profile of individuals with disabilities by showcasing their lives through documentaries, animations and first-person narratives. It’s truly a celebration of ability and talent. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help breakdown stereotypes, and promote a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.

Shows are open to the public and will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will feature different films and themes. Tickets are free and to reserve tickets online, visit or contact SHC/The Arc of Medina County at 330-722-1900, ext. 265

SHC/The Arc of Medina County is celebrating 60 years of care, training and adult education, supported employment, housing, and recreation to both children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities in Medina County. SHC serves as the local chapter of The Arc, is a United Way Partner Agency, and a founding member of LEAVE A LEGACY® program. For more information about programs and services, call the SHC/The Arc of Medina County office at 330-722-1900, or 1-877-546-8568, or on the web at:

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