Valarie Jensen, whose sister has Down syndrome, spent years developing arts programs for the disabled until she realized "we didn't need more trips to the zoo, we just needed meaningful employment." When Jensen learned that the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut was slated for demolition, she formed a non-profit to convert the playhouse into a commercial movie theater, training and hiring the disabled for jobs that fit their skills. "It's tragic to lose the intelligence, the ideas, the energy, the spirituality of people who otherwise would be left to the side. We're cracking open this incredible treasure of human potential." ~Michael Obediah, grant writer for the theater.


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