This is the extraordinary story of Waddie Welcome, a man born with cerebral palsy on the 4th of July, 1914. For more than 70 years he lived in Savannah, Georgia surrounded by the love and care of his family and friends. No respite care. No institutions. No day-care programs. After his primary caretaker died, he was placed in a nursing home against his wishes. He spent over ten years advocating to get out. This is a story of how a community came together to enable Waddie to move back to the community. Award-winning filmmaker Narcel G. Reedus captures the heartbreak, pain and triumph of a man who refused to be denied.
After living in a nursing home for over ten years, community members worked together to help Waddie Welcome to return home. This is the story of how personal relationships can spark and sustain justice in our society. It challenges us to redesign the responsiveness of service systems.
© The University of Georgia
Institute on Human Development and Disability
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Open / Closed Captioned Audio Descriptors
Run Time: 26 Minutes
(Video production – 1997; DVD production 2011)
A companion film to the book:
Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community