Belo, a young man with short brown hair sits on beautiful stairs in a garden covered in red roses. He smiles and has one hand on his black guide dog

During one of my internships, I worked with Belo Cipriani, a blind journalist and advocate for people living with disabilities. Belo recently established a publishing house called Oleb Books with the mission to represent people with disabilities in a respectful and accurate way; to show how life really is for people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. His book ”Firsts – Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities” features pieces by authors with a variety of disabilities.

Belo asked me to visually depict three of the authors of the book: Caitlin Hernandez, Sam Rubin, and David-Elijah Nahmod. I therefore created this mini-documentary series, which was additionally made fully accessible for the deaf and blind community. 

The films show the person behind the story in the book – their lives with their disability – but mostly focuse on them as writers and the challenges that arise when being an artist living with varying disabilities. 

David-Elijah Nahmod: Journalist living with PTSD, anxiety and others

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Firsts - Episode 1: David-Elijah Nahmod
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Firsts - Episode 1: David-Elijah Nahmod (Descriptive Audio for the Blind & Closed Captions)
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Caitlin Hernandez: Blind teacher, singer, songwriter and writer

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Firsts - Episode 2: Caitlin Hernandez
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Firsts - Episode 2: Caitlin Hernandez (Descriptive Audio for the Blind & Closed Captions)
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Sam E. Rubin: Autistic actor, writer, and artist

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Firsts - Episode 3: Sam Rubin
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Firsts - Episode 3: Sam Rubin (Descriptive Audio for the Blind & Closed Captions)
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