My Waking Dreams is an initiative to foster creativity through technology. It is specifically designed to help people with disabilities in their creative work.
Hi, my name is Brad Jones and in 2014 I began work on a short film titled “Waking Dreams.” (Watch the trailer here.) The film was about me overcoming my disabilities with my imagination. I was born with a severe form of achondroplasia that restricts my movement and is a barrier in my life. Through the making of the film, I realized, with help from others, that technology can help overcome your creative boundaries. For example, I worked with professors and students from Wake Forest University to develop a prototype that helps me edit films.
As a result of the positive experience I had in making the film and what Wake Forest did for me, I would like to inspire others to do the same. I’m currently reaching out to Universities, MakerSpaces, and organizations that support the disabled. Our mission is to help the disabled overcome their boundaries through creativity. I also started a kickstarter campaign to make this possible.
OUR CURRENT GOALS ARE TO:
- Present to small groups of students at colleges and makerspaces: I have a presentation that can include the screening of my short film. I would also like to speak about the initiative, which is closely related to the film.
- Showcase the prototypes that bring creative works to life for disabled individuals, along with the works that they create.
- Connect engineers with creative individuals who also have disabilities. For these individuals, creative work is profoundly meaningful. It is important because it helps them overcome psychological barriers.
HOW DOES THIS INITIATIVE HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?
We all need to create. It’s a universal, therapeutic drive. Some people feel like they are nothing without creativity and I hope to change that in some small way. Here’s a video that shows what I mean.
HOW DOES THIS INITIATIVE HELP MAKERS AND STUDENTS?
This initiative encourages makers and students to create work that is profoundly meaningful. I saw that this works in 2014 when students came together and helped me in my creative dreams.
If you are interested in this initiative, please contact us.
Please visit my other page http://www.wakingdreamsfilm.com/