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Brooke Ellison, who at age 11 was hit by a car and left paralyzed from the neck down, has defied the odds. Despite her handicap, she graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2000 and her life inspired a film.

A movie based on her life, "The Brooke Ellison Story," directed by the late Christopher Reeve, is being shown at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus in the Library Learning Center, Room 124, on July 24 at 2 pm. After the film, Ellison (pictured at right with her parents) will give a brief talk and sign copies of her autobiographical book, "Miracles Happen," from 3:30 to 4 pm.

The free screening is part of the Brooklyn International Disability Film Festival, which features 35 films by and about people with disabilities, and will take place at various locations on the Brooklyn campus through July 24. A free Wellness Expo, with talks geared to the disabled, will take place at the campus from 10 am to 5 pm on July 23.

Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus is located at the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension and DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. For more information about the Brooklyn International Disability Film Festival and Wellness Expo, call Anne Scott, professor of occupational therapy at LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, at (718) 780-4507 or visit www.brooklyn.liu.edu/bidff/.

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