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‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ film – now available

19 December 2023
Joanne Samsome and Professor Joe Duffy at the film premier

The newly launched film ‘ Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ is now available to watch online.

The film is about Joanne Sansome, a disability activist who has fought hard to be recognised as a campaigner, educator and published social researcher. It captures conversations between Joanne and her friend and colleague, Professor Joe Duffy, and is an inspiring account of the journey to activism, from an inspirational woman.

Click here to view the full film.

It is being made public after it premiered on 1 December 2023, at a special event attended by Joanne and Joe’s friends, family and colleagues from across the disability, health, education and public service sectors.

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Joanne dreamt of studying graphic design at University and living in America. In the film she discusses her experience of breaking down the barriers she faced, her journey to becoming a disability activist and how in doing so she has influenced social work education in Northern Ireland. She also gives her account of how the Covid-19 pandemic increased inclusion for many people living with a disability and shares her ambitions to pursue research at University now she has completed her Masters in Social Research Methods.

The film offers a glimpse into Joanne’s life, difficult challenges and shows step-by-step how she found a way through a far from easy educational system and how she eventually flourished. Today, she is passionate and determined to make a difference in the world of social work education and disability activism by ensuring people with a disability in Northern Ireland and beyond are able to exercise their rights.

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The feature film length is 41 minutes, 48 seconds, with closed captions and is available to view on the Northern Ireland Social Care Council’s YouTube Channel – click here to view. It is also available separated into shorter sections on topics from disability activism to breaking barriers, to increased inclusion as an experience of COVID.

This film will be of particular interest to people living with a disability and their families, those who work in the disability sector and/or who are involved in social work education.