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Nonprofit welcomes deaf and autistic woman behind "Being Michelle" film to Colorado Springs

Roundup Fellowship says they want to give a role model to people with disabilities while highlighting the need for services in our area
"Being Michelle", a documentary
Posted at 6:02 PM, Feb 04, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-05 16:24:22-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Roundup Fellowship, a nonprofit helping kids and adults with developmental disabilities, is bringing the filmmaker and subject behind the documentary "Being Michelle". The story focuses on Michelle Ricks, a deaf and autistic woman, working through early childhood trauma and the Florida Prison System.

"The call to action we're offering our community by bringing them in is her dream as a filmmaker, and Michelle's dream as an individual who has allowed their story to be told," said Roundup School Principal Kathy Stults.

Ricks often was left without a translator or the resources she needed during her incarceration, says Stults. Now, Ricks has turned her life around through art and the help of others. CEO of Roundup, Donna Thurston, says the organization's goal is to give an optimistic message about moving forward while bringing attention to the issues Ricks faced.

"Her community wasn't aware of what she needed to support her in her times of need. And so organizations like Roundup are trying to bring awareness to the needs that are out there. And they are diverse needs," said Thurston.

Roundup says Michelle and the documentarian behind the film, along with the film's impact advisor, will be in Colorado Springs this Wednesday. They'll be at the Picture Show at the Citadel Crossing, 901 N Academy. The film screening and discussion will start at 5:30 pm,some limited tickets are still available online.

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