POV1988 | TV Show
This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)
Premiered: July 5, 1988
Season 17, Episode 10 Freedom Machines
First Aired: September 14, 2004
"Freedom Machines" follows disabled people as they use such technologies as voice-input software and wheelchairs that climb stairs. These devices can help level the field for the disabled, but they're too expensive for many. This hour points up this inequality as it follows disabled achievers with the resources to have "freedom machines." For those who don't, says narrator Peter Dinklage, it's a civil-rights issue: "Today, equality depends more and more on access to technology."