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“[Watching your films] helped me want to be more open about my brain injury and to tell my story.”  –Peer with traumatic brain injury


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We’re not special…but we are!

Our needs are not special, even when they involve making accommodations or changing attitudes. Once a term like “special needs” is applied, a lot of people lower their expectations of what someone can achieve. When we have the resources and supports we need, we can develop and meet realistic, exciting expectations in life. Then we recognize that asking for accommodations is not special. It is our right.

It is also our right to advocate for ourselves to have a meaningful, connected life and have access to the arts and sharing our stories. StoryMinders will work with you to develop a plan and a path for advocating for yourself through sharing your art and your personal stories and histories in accessible formats.

“Cheryl gave as much care and attention to captioning our films as we gave to making them, if not more. Cheryl is lightning quick, an excellent communicator, thorough and sharp. Work with Cheryl and you get a personal touch with the quality, breadth and turnaround of a large production house.” Nili Yosha, Outside the Frame

StoryMinders supports accessibility by offering the following services

  • Transcribing videos or audio recordings to make content accessible to folks who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, or learning English
  • Adding Closed Captions or subtitles to your videos to make them accessible to viewers who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, learning English, or have attention, memory, or language difficulties
  • Consulting with media makers in pre-production through post-production on building in access (framing shots to allow for Captions, building in silence to allow for Audio Description, aligning titles and speaker IDs on the screen)
  • Proofreading and copy editing your creative work, grant proposals, or technical writing to make them cognitively accessible
  • Creating accessible pdfs and increasing accessibility of media and graphics on your website

Captions are available in multiple formats to meet your needs: Streaming video, DVD, Blu-ray, desktop media players, Open Captions, Closed Captions, and descriptive subtitles (look like captions but play on a subtitle track on your DVD).

Click here for our Disability Access Services fee sheet.

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What kinds of art are out there for me?

Disability arts: This is art made by people with disabilities, with or without the support of non-disabled colleagues. It is separate from rehabilitation. It does not promote disability as a condition to be cured or as a collection of deficits. Disabled people are in charge of developing and creating the art about topics of interest to us, showing the world that we are capable, competent, and creative.

This is the main kind of work StoryMinders does. We work with individuals and groups in the community rather than in a rehabilitation clinic room.

Arts-in-healthcare: Professional artists come to work with people who are already getting medical or rehabilitation care. It might done in a hospital or rehab setting, but not always. The artists who work with the patient may or may not have a disability.

Art as therapy or rehabilitation: Art therapists and other types of professional clinicians use art as a therapy tool. These therapists may or may not have a disability. You might explore your emotions or your life situation by creating art. Or you might work on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and memory or attention by doing painting, drawing, collage, acting, and other arts.

We offer arts advocacy support in

  • Creating blogs, vlogs, and internet radio shows or podcasts
  • Working with venues to hold art exhibitions or performances
  • Partnering to develop short films and digital storytelling
  • Sharing your stories on our podcast, “Stories from the brainreels”
  • Networking with other artists and other disability groups
  • Outreach to your community
  • Writing grants for funding your art

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StoryMinders spotlights the stories told by those affected by brain injury so that they are included in narratives from the larger disability communities and non-disability communities in accessible ways.


Through accessible media arts, advocacy, and education, StoryMinders shares unique, first-hand stories of brain injury as a path toward equitable inclusion and community change. We create accessible media in cross-disability settings, emphasizing disability identity and culture.

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