|Creators Media Group filmmakers earn award.
Aron, who suffered permanent brain damage following a car accident when he was just 17, was taking piano classes in his Binghamton home, but was largely isolated from his community. Paula Weckel from the Broome County Developmental Disabilities Service Office (DDSO) helped Ron to rejoin the larger world by taking him to piano classes
at SUNY-Binghamton University.
The work done by Weckel, a direct support professional who assists the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled, is among 15 stories
featured in the recent Telly Award-winning training film "Everyday Heroes, " produced by Creators Media Group, a Mount Kisco, NY, production company.
Made as an instructional tool for the N.Y. state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability
||(OMRDD), the film was picked from more than 13,000 entries worldwide in categories involving social issues and government training.
"Critical acclaim by industry experts is most certainly an honor for Creators Media Group, but we're especially thrilled that the mission of 'Everyday Heroes' is getting the recognition it deserves," said 26-year-old Anthony Trama,
CEO of Creators Media Group and the film's
After getting the go-ahead from OMRDD last September, the group spent six months traveling across New York state to film the stories. The film's mission is to "train, inspire, and motivate." For the film's artwork, Trama borrowed a quilt knitted by Beth Mount, founder and director of Capacity Works, an Amenia, N.Y. organization working with artists with developmental disabilities.
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