Transcript: The Osbornes Revisited | Mar 01, 1989

A woman in a Brown coat stands outside a house and says A LITTLE MORE
THAN FOUR YEARS AGO,
PEOPLE PATTERNS
VISITED
THE OSBORNE FAMILY
IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO.
THE RESULT OF THAT VISIT
ALLOWED OUR AUDIENCE
TO SHARE WITH THE PRODUCTION
CREW THE INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE
OF MEETING RAY AND GINA OSBORNE
AND THEIR 13 CHILDREN.
SINCE THEN,
THE FAMILY HAS GROWN.
THERE ARE NOW 16 CHILDREN.
AND SEVEN OF THESE 16 CHILDREN
HAVE SEVERE
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES.
THE REASON WE'RE HERE NOW
TO DO AN OSBORNE REVISITED
IS TO FIND OUT WHY AND HOW
THEY HAVE MANAGED TO BUILD
AN EXTENSION TO THEIR HOME,
AN EXTENSION THAT'S BEEN
CAREFULLY DESIGNED
TO FACILITATE THE NEEDS
OF THEIR SEVEN
SERIOUSLY-DISABLED CHILDREN.

A caption reads "Ray and Gina Osborne."

Ray is in his late forties, with short wavy gray hair and a moustache. He wears beige trousers and a white shirt.

Gina is in her forties, with short curly Brown hair and wears jeans, a White sweater and a printed scarf.

Ray says THE HOUSE, WE FOUND,
WASN'T ADEQUATE WHEN, UMM...
WE STARTED BULGING AT THE SEAMS.
AND THE CHILDREN...
MORE CHILDREN
BECAME WHEELCHAIR-BOUND.
UMM, AND THAT'S WHEN WE DECIDED
WE HAD TO ADD ON.

Gina says WE HAD TO ADD ON SOMETHING THAT
MADE THE HOUSE MORE ACCESSIBLE
AS THE NEED CHANGED
OVER THE YEARS.
AND I THINK THIS LAST ADDITION
WAS STARTED AS THE, UMM,
THE ONE IN 1980 FINISHED
BECAUSE, UMM, AS IT FINISHED,
WE SAW THE MISTAKES WE MADE.
AND WE SAW THE THINGS
WE SHOULD HAVE DONE.
AND WE DIDN'T DO IT
BECAUSE OF HURRY AND TIMING,
HURRY IN BUDGET, MONEY,
LACK OF FUNDS.
AND SO, WE DECIDED THAT
THE NEXT ADDITION WOULD, UMM,
INCLUDE THINGS
THAT WE HAD LACKING.

(COMPUTER BEEPING)

A boy in a wheelchair with a hook hand says DON'T LOOK AT THE JOYSTICK.

A kid pushes another kid in a wheelchair up to the bathroom sink and says THAT AS FAR AS IT CAN GO?

The kid says YEAH, THANK YOU.

The other kid says OKAY.
SOAP?

The kid in the wheelchair says OKAY.
LITTLE BIT HIGHER.
(GRUNTING)

A little boy with no arms or legs try to open a colouring book with his mouth.

A woman holds a pencil and says to a kid NO, NO.
OKAY, I'VE GOT IT.
DO YOU WANT IT?
YOU TELL ME YOU WANT IT.

A little girl with underdeveloped extremities says HEY, I CAN SEE MYSELF.

An older boy picks her up and says I KNOW. THAT'S A CAMERA.
COME ON.

The girl says LOOKS LIKE A MIRROR,
A CIRCLE MIRROR.

The title of the show reads "People Patterns. The Osbornes revisited."

Ray says OUR RANGE OF DISABILITIES
RUN FROM BLINDNESS,
THROUGH TO, UMM, A CHILD THAT IS
IN A WHEELCHAIR CONSTANTLY,
NON-VERBAL, UMM,
AND NOT ABLE
TO DO THINGS FOR HERSELF.
THE-- IN THAT SPECTRUM,
WE HAVE CHILDREN
THAT ARE INCONTINENT,
UMM, LIMBLESS,
UMM, DEAF.
AND WE HAD TO
BUILD IN THE FEATURES
THAT ARE GOING TO
BEST SERVICE THEM.
IT TAKES IN A WIDE RANGE.
SO, IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT
TO IMPLEMENT ALL THAT.
AND I THINK WE'VE COME ACROSS
WITH A REASONABLY GOOD
CROSS-SECTION OF THINGS
THAT EVERY CHILD CAN UTILIZE
AND YET NOT, UMM,
BE TOO INSTITUTIONALIZED.

Gina says AND YOU SET UP GOALS.
AND YOU SAY,
"WELL, THIS IS WHAT I NEED,
"THAT WOULD ACCOMMODATE
THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALITY
OF THE CHILD." AND THEN YOU SAY,
"HOW DO I ACCOMPLISH THIS?"
AND YOU LOOK AT THE RESOURCES,
BOTH FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL.

The hostess says TALLI IS NEARLY FIVE.
WHEN SHE WAS ONE YEAR OLD,
HER MOTHER CLAIMED
SHE'S BRIGHT, SHE'S BEAUTIFUL,
SHE'LL BE OKAY.
TALLI HAS ARTIFICIAL ARMS
AND SPECIALLY-DESIGNED
EXTENDED LEGS.
BUT FOR THE MOST PART,
SHE PREFERS NOT TO USE THEM.
WHEN TALLI WAS
REGISTERED FOR SCHOOL,
HER PARENTS INSISTED SHE
BE TESTED AS A GIFTED CHILD.

Talli struggles to get on her bed.

A woman says GETTING THERE.

David is in his early teens, with short straight brown hair and wears a light gray shirt.

He says MY NAME IS DAVID.
AND I FEEL HAPPY
BECAUSE I GOT MY NOSE OPERATE
AND MY EYELID
BECAUSE MY EYELID
WAS RUBBING MY BOTH EYE.
AND IT-- WHY THEY'RE
OPERATING MY NOSE,
SOMETIMES, IT WAS DIFFICULT
FOR THE DOCTORS.
AND WHEN I FELT BETTER
TO KNOW I CAME HOME,
THE WHOLE FAMILY
FELT HAPPY TODAY.

A young man holds a little boy and says THIS IS MY BROTHER PATRICK.
AND I THINK HE'S, UMM...
WELL, WHEN WE FIRST ADOPTED HIM,
UMM, 1980,
I THINK HE'S COME A LONG WAY,
WHEN HE FIRST CAME,
BECAUSE, WHEN HE FIRST CAME,
I DON'T THINK
HE REALLY KNEW WHERE HE WAS.
I THINK HE WAS PRETTY CONFUSED.
NOW THAT HE'S GOT ALL THIS, UMM,
ALL THIS INTEGRATING
NURSERY SCHOOL
AND GOING INTO KINDERGARTEN
NEXT YEAR,
I THINK HE'S DOING
A LOT BETTER NOW.
I THINK HE'S GOING TO IMPROVE,
YOU KNOW, BE SUCCESSFUL.

Gina says DOREEN HAPPENS TO HAVE...
HAPPENS TO HAVE BEEN BORN
WITH SPINA BIFIDA,
WHICH HAS MADE HER PARAPLEGIC
FROM THE WAIST DOWN.
SHE HAS MINIMAL FEELINGS
OF HER LEGS.
AND SHE DOES WALK, WITH THE AID
OF CRUTCHES AND BRACES.
ON HER LEFT LEG,
SHE WEARS
AN ABOVE-THE-KNEE BRACE,
AND ON THE RIGHT,
A BELOW-THE-KNEE BRACE.
SHE ALSO...
I THINK HER MAJOR HANDICAP IS
THE FACT THAT SHE'S LOST SIGHT.
UMM, SHE'S BEEN LEGALLY BLIND
SINCE SHE WAS 4 AND A HALF
BUT TOTALLY BLIND
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.
AND I THINK THAT, TO HER,
IS HER WORST HANDICAP.

A girl gives Doreen her crutches and says MOVE IT, I SAID. PUT IT ON.

She says THANK YOU.

A teenage girl holds a limbless little boy and says THIS IS MY BROTHER DANIEL.
AND HE JUST CAME TO US AUGUST,
RIGHT?

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says YEAH, AND FROM HONG KONG.
AND DANIEL IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT
THAN OTHER FIVE-YEAR-OLDS.
HE'S BROUGHT THOUGH.
HE'S BRIGHT.

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says OKAY, SHH.
AND, UMM, HE'S GOT
NO ARMS AND LEGS THOUGH.
BUT HE'S STILL CUTE, TALKATIVE.

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says YES, SOMETIMES, NEVER SHUTS UP.

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says YEAH, SHH, OKAY?
AND HE LIKES TOYS,
MUSICAL THINGS,
THINGS THAT MOVE, TOYS, CARS,
ANYTHING, WATCHING TV.
LIKE, WHAT DO YOU LIKE WATCHING?

Daniel says OH, WATCH TV.

The girl says YEAH, LIKE WHAT?
SESAME STREET?

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says CHARLES IN CHARGE?

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says WHAT ELSE? CARTOONS?

Daniel says YEAH.

The girl says STUFF LIKE THAT.

The hostess says JOSHUA JONATHAN,
ALSO KNOWN AS J.J., IS 11.

Jonathan says I HAVE NO HANDS.
AND I HAVE NO FEET.
YOU NOTICE I HAVE MY HOOK ON,
IN MY HAND.

The hostess says HOW DO YOU MANAGE AT SCHOOL?

Jonathan says UMM, I, UMM,
USE THIS HAND TO WRITE.
AND, SOMETIMES,
I USE MY HAND TO, UMM,
JUST HOLD THE PAPER DOWN.
I DON'T DO THAT OFTEN.
BUT IF I NEED MY ARM,
I GET UP AND JUST
PUT IT ACROSS MY ARM
SO IT DOESN'T MOVE.
AND I JUST COLOUR.

Gina says WE HAD DREAMED OF HAVING A HOUSE
THAT WAS TOTALLY ACCESSIBLE.
BUT I THINK, WITH MICHELLE,
THERE WAS NO WAY TO MANAGE HER
UNLESS WE HAD THAT.
I MEAN, IT WAS LIKE
SHE WAS THE CLINCHER
THAT GAVE US THE MOMENTUM
TO DO IT.
IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTINUE
TO TAKE THIS CHILD
WHO WAS ALMOST AS TALL AS I AM
AND-- THOUGH NOT VERY HEAVY.
BUT WHEN YOU ARE
SPASTIC AND ATHETOID,
WHICH IS RIGID AND HAVING
UNCONTROLLABLE MOVEMENTS,
AND YOU'RE TRYING TO
TAKE HER UPSTAIRS, 14 STAIRS,
INTO A VERY SMALL BATHROOM
SO YOU CAN GIVE HER A BATH
AND THEN MAKE THE SAME ROUTINE
TO COME DOWN
AND SHE'S WET
AND SQUIRMING AND SCREAMING,
IT MAKES IT DANGEROUS
FOR YOU AND THE CHILD.

The hostess says WHAT WAS YOUR GAME PLAN WHEN
YOU DECIDED THIS HAD TO BE DONE?

Ray says WELL, WE REALLY DIDN'T
HAVE A GAME PLAN. AND THEN WE...
GINA'S VERY GOOD AT, UHH,
AT SETTING UP ONE,
FINDING DIFFERENT FUNDING
AND THAT.
AND IT TOOK HER ABOUT 2 AND A HALF YEARS
TO FIND THE, UMM,
ALL THE RESOURCES
THAT WE WERE ABLE TO USE.
SOMETIMES, IT'S RATHER AWKWARD
THAT YOU GET SHUFFLED AROUND
FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, UMM,
TRYING TO FIND THESE RESOURCES.
YOU MADE 21
OUT OF 22 PHONE CALLS
AND FIND YOU HAVE
MADE THE WRONG ONE.
AND SOMEBODY REFERS
YOU TO SOMEPLACE ELSE.
AND THEN YOU FINALLY
HIT THE RIGHT PERSON.

Gina says WE FIND IT APPALLING THAT
NONE OF THE FEDERAL AND, UMM,
PROVINCIAL AND REGIONAL AGENCIES
SEEM TO HAVE AN ADEQUATE, UMM,
SYSTEM TO HELP YOU
IN THE HOUSING.
I MEAN, YOU COULD
GO TO ONTARIO HOUSING.
AND THEY REFER YOU TO CANADIAN
HOUSING, CANADIAN DESIGN...
CANADIAN HOUSING WOULD REFER YOU
TO YOUR LOCAL.
AND THAT TOOK A LOT OF EFFORT.
AND WE REALLY HAD TO WANT TO
HAVE THIS THING BEFORE...
OTHERWISE,
WE WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP.
BUT WE DISCOVERED-- I GUESS IT
WASN'T TILL APRIL OF 1984
WHEN OUR DECISION TO GO AHEAD
HAD REALLY BEEN ESTABLISHED
AND EVEN OUR PLANS
HAD ALMOST BEEN FINALIZED...
THAT THERE IS, YOU KNOW,
THE BARRIER-FREE DESIGN.
THERE IS SOME PLACE,
SOME, YOU KNOW,
CONSULTANT AGENCY
THAT CAN HELP YOU.
AND, UMM, AND WE FEEL STRONGLY
THAT THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
THE FIRST CONTACT
WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN.
AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE LIKE TO
TELL PEOPLE THAT IT DOES EXIST
AND THAT IT'S ACCESSIBLE
TO EVERYBODY.
AND THEY SHOULD...
THAT'S WHERE THEY SHOULD START,
RATHER THAN GO ALL THE WAY
AROUND AND END UP THERE.

Ray says WHEN IT COMES TO
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE,
WE WERE TOTALLY INVOLVED IN IT,
UMM, BECAUSE WE WANTED
TO MAKE SURE
IT WAS DONE
TO OUR SPECIFICATIONS.
THERE HAD TO BE
SIMPLE CHANGES MADE.
THERE HAD TO BE
DRASTIC CHANGES MADE.
BUT WE HAD TO BE INVOLVED IN IT.
UMM, IT IS
AN UNNERVING SITUATION,
DISRUPTING AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
AND I THINK IT'S ALL DRAINING
TO THE WHOLE-- THE WHOLE FAMILY.
BUT, UMM, IT HAS TO BE DONE.
AND YOU HAVE TO BE INVOLVED
BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE...
THE INITIAL OUTLAY, THE COST,
THE MORTGAGE, THE THING,
IS SOMETHING YOU'RE
GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE WITH
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
SO, YOU MIGHT AS WELL
HAVE IT DONE RIGHT.
AND YOU BETTER BE PREPARED
TO PUT OUT THAT EXTRA EFFORT.

Pictures of the different stages of construction appear.

Gina sits with the children as they make crafts.

Gina says SEE YOU'VE GOT IT ALL FRAMED.
THAT'S NICE.

A girl says I WANT YOU SIT ON...

A boy says HOW'D YOU GET
THAT FANCY STUFF ON IT?

A woman says FANCY STUFF ON IT?

A girl says DO YOU TAKE THE PINS OUT?

The woman says AFTER YOU'VE BASED IT,
NOT BEFORE.

A boy says HE'S HAVING PROBLEMS.

Another boy says I'M NOT REALLY HAVING PROBLEMS.
I'M JUST...

Gina says THE DIFFERENCE
IN THE FRUSTRATION
IN DEALING WITH THE BUILDING
CODE OR THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT,
THE INSPECTORS AND THAT,
IN OUR SITUATION,
IS I THINK EVERYONE
WAS PUT OFF BY THE SIZE.
AND ONE GENTLEMAN SAID
THE BUILDING CODE
DOESN'T COVER ANYONE, A FAMILY
THAT HAS MORE THAN TEN CHILDREN,
WHICH, BY THE WAY,
IS NOT IN THE BUILDING CODE.
AND THE OTHER PROBLEM WE HAD IS
THAT THE INSPECTORS THEMSELVES
DIDN'T SEEM TO KNOW
WHAT TO MAKE OUT OF THESE THINGS
BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN
IN A HOME SITUATION
WHERE THERE HAS BEEN
THE KIND OF RAMPING,
THE KIND OF RENOVATIONS
THAT WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN.
YOU KNOW, YOU WERE STUCK OUT
THERE, FIGHTING IT ALL THE TIME,
AND INSISTING
THAT YOU WANTED IT THAT WAY.
AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN SOMEONE IS
READING YOU THE, YOU KNOW,
BUILDING CODE NUMBER SO AND SO,
IT'S VERY INTIMIDATING.
WHEN WE FIRST STARTED,
WE HAD TO START WITH ESTIMATES.
HOW MUCH WILL THINGS COST?
WE FOUND THAT
MOST OF THE CONTRACT
WERE RELUCTANT TO GIVE US
A DEFINITE CONTRACT.
THEY COULD DO IT ON THE HOUSING,
I MEAN, SO MANY BEDROOMS,
SO MANY THINGS.
BUT WHEN IT CAME TO GETTING,
UMM, THINGS FOR THE DISABLED,
THEY WERE WISHY-WASHY.
AND, UMM, WE FINALLY ZEROED IN,
ONE CONTRACTOR WHO SEEMED TO
FEEL THAT THEY COULD MEET, UMM,
THE DEMANDS
THAT WE WERE PUTTING ON HIM.
UMM, AS IT TURNED OUT,
THE WHOLE COST OF THE ADDITION
TO OUR HOME WAS DOUBLE.
AND WE'RE TALKING
NEARLY 160,000,
OF WHICH WE HAD TO
PUT A MORTGAGE ON OUR...
REMORTGAGE ON OUR HOUSE.
WE'VE HAD A SMALL GRANT FROM,
UHH, THE CANADIAN DESIGN COUNCIL
BECAUSE THEY'RE USING THE FILM.
WE'VE HAD, UMM,
HELP FROM A COMMUNITY GROUP
CALLED "FARMER CITY KIWANIS."
TO PAY FOR HALF OF THE
EXPENDITURES OF THE TOTAL
OF THE ELEVATOR.
THE RORP PROGRAM
HAS BEEN AVAILABLE
TO ANY CITIZEN
WHO WANTS TO EITHER...
THAT HAS A DISABLED MEMBER
IN THE FAMILY
AND WANTS TO USE THAT MONEY TO,
UHH,
MAKE THE HOUSE MORE ACCESSIBLE.
AND, UMM, WE'VE HAD,
UMM, THAT DONE.
YOU GET...
THE MAXIMUM GRANT IS 10,000.
THE MAXIMUM LOAN IS 10,000.
BUT YOU REPAY THAT BACK
AS A MORTGAGE.
AND THEN IT'S LIKE AESOP,
I THINK, EDUCATIONAL GRANTS.
YOU KNOW, SO MUCH OF IT
NOT REPAYABLE
AND A MAXIMUM OF 2,000.
BUT EACH INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD
WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT
BECAUSE, UMM, YOU KNOW,
IN OUR CASE,
IT WAS LESS THAN 2,000 DOLLARS
THAT WE GOT IN ACTUAL GRANT.
AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT,
IT REALLY WASN'T REALLY
WORTH IT, I WOULD SAY,
TO GO THROUGH THAT.
AND THAT'S OUR PERSONAL OPINION.

Ray says THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE,
IT HAD TO BE
AESTHETICALLY PRESENTABLE,
THAT IT DIDN'T LOOK TOO HUGE,
WHICH, IT DOES LOOK HUGE ANYWAY.
IT, AGAIN, COULDN'T LOOK LIKE
AN INSTITUTION.
SO, EVERYTHING SHOULD BE
IMPLEMENTED INTO THAT.
WE HAD TO, UMM, HAVE A DECK
THAT WAS LARGE ENOUGH
FOR THE FAMILY TO UTILIZE.
AND I THINK WE'VE COME ACROSS
WITH A DECK
THAT IS FAIRLY LARGE.
AND, AESTHETICALLY,
IT LOOKS QUITE GOOD.

David takes Talli outside and says LET GO OF THE OTHER HAND.

Gina says WE HAD TO HAVE ACCESS
TO THE BACKYARD.
WE HAD TO-- RECREATION,
WHICH IS THE PLAY YARD.
WE HAD TO HAVE ACCESS
TO THE POOL AREA.
ONE OTHER ASPECT WAS SAFETY.

David says CAN YOU SEE...

Talli says I'M GOING TO WAIT.

David says OH, TALLI.

Ray says PATRICK IS A MULTI-SENSORY
DEPRIVED CHILD,
WHICH IS, UHH, BLIND AND DEAF.
HE HAS A LOT OF NEEDS.
AND IT HAS TO BE
A STRUCTURED ACTIVITY.
AND HE HAS TO BE MONITORED.
WITH THE CHILDREN AROUND,
IT'S ALL RIGHT THAT HE CAN BE,
UMM, INTEGRATED INTO
THEIR PROGRAMS,
THE TRAMPOLINE
AND THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
AND THE ONE-ON-ONE CONTACT
ALL THE TIME.

Gina says WE CREATED A LITTLE COURTYARD
IN WHICH PATRICK COULD PLAY.
IT'S SUPERVISED BY ALL THE,
YOU KNOW,
THE MAIN AREAS THAT HE'S USED
AT ALL TIMES.
THE KITCHEN, THE FAMILY ROOM,
SOME OF THE BEDROOMS,
IT ALL OVERLOOKS THAT.
AND 6' FENCE ENABLES US TO KNOW
THAT HE'S NOT GOING TO
GET AWAY TOO FAR.
THE OTHER AREA WAS,
WHEN YOU'RE BOARDING THE
CHILDREN INTO A SPECIAL BUS.
IF IT'S POURING OR SNOWING,
A CHILD SITTING IN A WHEELCHAIR
WOULD BE STUCK WITH
THAT WETNESS ALL DAY.
SO, WE WANTED A COVERED AREA
SO THAT ANYONE BUS...
LOADING AND UNLOADING,
COULD GO IN
AND DIRECTLY INTO THE ELEVATOR.
(CHATTERING)

David pushes Talli's chair in the elevator.

Another boy says COME ON, GET IN THERE.

Gina says THE ESTIMATE FOR THE ELEVATOR
WAS 10,360, OKAY?
THE ACTUAL ELEVATOR,
THE INSIDE PART OF THE ELEVATOR,
IS 16,000 DOLLARS. THAT WAS INCREASE
OF 6,000 DOLLARS ON ONE OBJECT.
THEN THE SHAFT COST
IS ON TOP OF THAT.
AND IT'S SOMETHING
YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT.
I MEAN, YOU HAVE IT INCLUDED
IN YOUR TOTAL.
BUT THEN THE PEOPLE
ARE BUILDING SAYS,
"WELL, THE POWER TO IT IS EXTRA.
THE PANIC ALARM TO IT IS EXTRA.
THE FINISHING INSIDE IS EXTRA."
THERE IS THIS, UMM, CONSTANT,
UMM, THINGS ARE COSTING MORE.
HELLO, EVERYBODY.
VERY RECENTLY,
SOMEBODY APPROACHED THAT,
WELL INTO THE PROJECT, THAT THEY
WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR US.
AND IT WAS THE J-SETS GROUP.
AND THEY HAVE DECIDED TO PAY FOR
THE MONITORING SYSTEM
IN OUR HOUSE,
WHICH WAS REALLY APPRECIATED,
ESPECIALLY SINCE IT CAME AFTER
WE HAD MADE THE COMMITMENT.
THEN WE HAD
THE SPECIAL NEEDS AGREEMENT.
WE WERE ABLE TO USE SOME OF THAT
FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC THINGS,
LIKE MICHELLE'S WHIRLPOOL.

Ray says FOR CHILDREN LIKE MICHELLE,
WITH A MUSCLE PROBLEM,
IT RELAXES HER.
FOR A CHILD LIKE
PATRICK AND J.J...
PATRICK, IT SOOTHES HIM.
IT BRINGS HIM DOWN FROM A HIGH
TO A VERY MANAGEABLE STATE.
ALL THE CHILDREN USE IT.
BUT THE
PHYSICALLY-DISABLED CHILDREN
USE IT A LOT MORE
THAN THE ABLE-BODIED ONES.

Daniel's sister pushes a kid in his wheelchair into the bathroom and says OKAY, LET'S GO IN.

Ray says THE BATHROOM PLANNING,
WE HAD TO REALLY LOOK INTO
WHAT WE NEEDED IN THE BATHROOMS
AND SIZES OF BATHROOMS.
HOW BIG DO YOU NEED IT?
AND THE FACILITIES
YOU HAVE TO PUT INTO IT
TO ACCOMMODATE THE CHILDREN.

The girl says SOAP?

The boy in the wheelchair says OKAY.

Ray says WE PUT IN URINALS THIS TIME.
AT ONE TIME,
IT WAS VERY MUCH EASIER TO LIFT
J.J. AND PATRICK ONTO A TOILET.
AND AS J.J. MATURED,
IT'S A LOT MORE DIFFICULT.

Gina says AND IT GIVES THEM THE FREEDOM
TO BE INDEPENDENT,
TO DO THEIR OWN TOILETING.
OUR BATHROOMS ARE PROBABLY
A NORMAL, AVERAGE BATHROOM.
BUT WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE
IS THE SHOWER ROOM
ATTACHED TO THE BATHROOM.
IT WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE SOME OF
THE CHILDREN DO NEED HELP
AND WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE HELP.
AND THAT'S MUCH MORE FUN
FOR FOUR KIDS THE SAME AGE
TO DO IT TOGETHER.
WE ALSO MADE SURE THAT
EVEN THE SOAP DISPENSERS
WERE AT DIFFERENT HEIGHTS.
WE HAD ONE
FOR VERY SHORT PEOPLE.
AND BOTH J.J., DANIEL AND TALLI
ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE SHORT
WITHOUT PROSTHESIS.
AND SO, THE SAME THING
WITH THE SHOWERHEADS,
TWO OF THEM ARE ON A TRACK
SO YOU CAN ELEVATE THEM
OR PUT THEM DOWN,
DEPENDING ON THE SIZE
OF THE INDIVIDUAL.
WHEN IT CAME TO FURNISHING
THE NOW-ACCESSIBLE HOME,
ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAD, AGAIN,
LEARNED BY EXPERIENCE...
AND NO CONSULTANT
CAN TELL YOU THAT...
IS THAT WE NEEDED
SOLID FURNITURE.
IF YOU BUY SOMETHING THAT,
ONCE SCRATCHED,
CANNOT BE REPLACED AND YOU HAVE
A CHILD WITH A HOOK,
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE VERY GOOD.
SO, ALL OUR FURNITURE HAS TO BE,
UMM, STURDY.
AND LUCKY FOR ME, RAY BUILT
A LOT OF THE FURNITURE.
AND WE FOUND THAT,
WHEN WE WERE LOOKING AT
THE INDIVIDUALITY OF THE NEEDS,
WE TRIED TO CONSIDER
EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.
AND WHEN IT CAME TO
SOMEONE LIKE MICHELLE,
IT'S WORTH THE EFFORT TO LOOK AT
THINGS TO MAKE IT EASIER.
MICHELLE, WE CHOSE THE BED.
FIRST, WE DECIDED THAT
IT WAS GOING TO BE A BED
THAT COULD FIT IN A ROOM
AND JUST BE
INTEGRATED INTO THE BEDROOM
WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE
A HOSPITAL BED.
AND WE DECIDED ON A WATERBED
SO THAT PRESSURE SOURCE
COULD BE RELIEVED.
AFTER A CHILD SPENDS
10 TO 12 HOURS IN A WHEELCHAIR,
IT'S THE BEST THING
FOR THE CHILD.
THE HEIGHT IS WHEELCHAIR HEIGHT.
SO, THE TRANSFERRING IS MINIMAL.

A woman picks up Michelle up off her chair and puts her on her bed.

Gina says THE POSITIONING OF, UMM,
FURNITURE WAS IMPORTANT.
YOU WANT TO FILL YOUR ROOM
BUT, AT THE SAME TIME,
ENABLE THE WHEELCHAIR'S
EASY ACCESS.
AND THAT'S JUST, I WOULD SAY,
COMMON SENSE.

A little girl with no arms hums and dances around.

A man says NOW WHY IS THAT HANDLE THERE?

The girl says SO I CAN OPEN IT.

The girl opens the door with her foot.

The man says OH, THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE
THERE. WHAT'S THAT?

The girl says IT'S TO KEEP THE DOOR OPENED.
WHEN I...
WHEN SOMEONE PUTS IT WAY...
THIS SLIDES SHUT.
IT'S GOT THAT NOISE.

A woman shows Patrick a pencil and says TELL ME. YOU WANT IT?

Gina says SINCE ALL THE KIDS
ARE INTERESTING IN COOKING,
AND ESPECIALLY EATING, WE...
AS THEY HAVE GROWN UP,
WE'VE HAD TO DECIDE TO
INCORPORATE THE FEATURES
SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE AN ACTIVE
ROLE IN COOKING OR CLEANING UP
OR WHATEVER THE SITUATION IS
IN THE KITCHEN.
NORMALLY, ONE WOULD
ENTER THIS KITCHEN
AND NOT FIND
ANYTHING DIFFERENT ABOUT IT.
BUT IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY,
YOU'LL FIND THAT THERE'S ENOUGH
ROOM TO NAVIGATE A WHEELCHAIR,
A NORMAL-SIZE WHEELCHAIR.
AND BY MOVING THE TROLLEY HERE,
WHICH IS ON WHEELS,
THE PERSON IN THE WHEELCHAIR
WILL HAVE EASY ACCESS
TO WASHING, DRYING
OR WORKING AT A COUNTER SPACE.
WE HAVE THE TWO-SHELF SYSTEM,
WHICH WE INCORPORATED ITEMS THAT
THE KIDS USUALLY USE NORMALLY.
AND WE HAVE THINGS
THAT KIDS AT A LOWER LEVEL,
OR A WHEELCHAIR LEVEL, CAN USE.
AND, UMM,
BY USING BUILT-IN UNIT,
WE HAVE UTILIZED
ALL THE SPACE IN THE KITCHEN.
BEING PART OF THE FAMILY,
AND THIS PARTICULAR FAMILY,
IS MUCH MORE THAN
BEING PART OF JUST A FAMILY.
WE ALWAYS SAY TO THE KIDS,
"GOOD AND BAD, WE ARE OSBORNES."
NO MATTER HOW YOU DON'T
GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER
OR HOW YOU DO GET ALONG
WITH EACH OTHER, WE'RE FIRST...
OUR FIRST LOYALTY
IS TO EACH OTHER.
AND I THINK THAT MODEL
HAS TAKEN OFF BECAUSE, INDEED,
YOU SEE IT WHEN WE GO OUT.
ONE JUST AUTOMATICALLY
ASSUMES THE ROLE
TO BE PROTECTIVE OF THE OTHER,
HOW THEY EACH
HAVE TAKEN AN INTEREST
TO LEARN ABOUT
THE DIVERSITY OF WAYS
OF COMMUNICATING WITH
A BROTHER OR SISTER,
WHETHER IT BE BLISS, BRAILLE,
UMM, TOTAL COMMUNICATION
IN SIGN LANGUAGE,
THEY SEEM NOT TO BE
OVERWHELMED BY IT
BUT BEING CHALLENGED BY IT.

Ray shows a cookie to Daniel and says AH, YOU STEP FIRST,
THEN THE COOKIE.

Ray says THESE LEGS LOOK A LITTLE BIT
LIKE A
STAR WARS
FEATURE.
BUT, UMM, AFTER PEOPLE SEE
DANIEL RUNNING ON THE FLOOR
OR ROLLING ON THE FLOOR,
I GUESS THEY WONDER
IF HE'LL EVER WALK.
AND THIS IS THE FIRST STAGE,
I GUESS,
INTO SOMETHING
THAT'LL GIVE HIM MOBILITY.
NOT COMPLETE INDEPENDENCE,
BUT IT'LL GIVE HIM MOBILITY.
I CAN SEE HIM, IN THE FUTURE,
GETTING LARGER AND LARGER
AND LARGER LEGS, LIKE J.J.
AND WHERE IT WILL END, WE REALLY
DON'T KNOW, HOW FAR, HOW HIGH.
THE UPPER PROSTHETICS
ARE STILL BEING MADE FOR HIM.
SO, HOPEFULLY,
HE'LL BE REASONABLY INDEPENDENT
WITH THEM.
I GUESS, AFTER SEEING J.J
WALKING WITH HIS PROSTHETICS
AND WHAT HE CAN DO WITH THEM,
HE'S VERY INDEPENDENT.
AND AFTER SEEING MISS MOUSE,
TALLI,
WALKING INDEPENDENTLY
WITH HER EXTENDED LEGS,
I DON'T SEE ANY PROBLEM WITH
DANIEL DEVELOPING INTO A, UMM,
A REASONABLY-INDEPENDENT PERSON.
COME ON. ROCK YOUR FEET.
HOW ABOUT WE TRY IT ON THE...
MAYBE ON THIS FLOOR?
IS IT EASIER?

Daniel says YEAH.

Ray says WELL, I THINK
YOU'RE JUST SAYING THAT.

Gina says IN BREAKING AWAY FROM
THE ESTABLISHED WAY
OF DEALING WITH THE DISABLED,
WE HAD TO FIND ALTERNATIVES,
OKAY?
AND FINDING THAT ALTERNATIVE
HAS ALSO BEEN A CHALLENGE TO US
BECAUSE WE NOW HAVE KNOWLEDGE
THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE.
AND JUST KEEPING IT TO US...
WE'RE NOT LIKELY TO USE IT
AGAIN-- DOESN'T SEEM FAIR.
WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A WAY
TO SHARE IT WITH OTHER PEOPLE
BECAUSE I THINK THAT
THE MOVEMENT IS...
AND WE HOPE IT IS...
IS TO KEEP THE DISABLED AT HOME,
NOT TO SEND THEM AWAY ANYMORE.
AND I THINK THAT MORE AND MORE
PEOPLE WILL WANT TO KNOW THAT.

Ray says I THINK THE BEST THING THAT...
THAT CAN HAPPEN TO SHOW...
I DON'T KNOW
IF IT'S AN EXPERTISE
IN THE WAY WE HANDLE IT...
IS THAT A PERSON WILL COME IN.
AND THEY HAVE THE IDEA THAT
IT'S SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE
AN INSTITUTION
BECAUSE YOU HEAR GRAB BARS
AND ELEVATORS.
AND THE PERSON WILL COME IN
AND SAY, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
I DON'T SEE ANYTHING FOR
THE DISABLED HERE." AND...

Gina says AND TO US, THAT'S A COMPLIMENT!

Ray says THAT'S REALLY A COMPLIMENT,
SAYING THAT...
WELL, WE MUST HAVE DONE
SOMETHING RIGHT.
IT'S ADEQUATE FOR OUR NEEDS.
IT DOES, UMM...
I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY PERSON
THAT IS DISABLED
THAT CAN'T COME INTO THE HOUSE
AND UTILIZE
MOST OF THE FACILITIES.
AND IT DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK LIKE
AN INSTITUTION.

A teenage boy helps Ray with the pool and says PULL IT BACK THIS WAY, DAD.
(SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY)

The end credits roll.
Producer and director, Joan-Reed Olsen.

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Copyright 1985, The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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