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Jan Dances to his Own Tune

45' (GER)
Jan has fragile X syndrome. He's severely mentally impaired, linguistically limited and hyperactive. Despite this, Jan doesn't want to go down the usual route and work in a workshop for disabled people. He wants to help other people - despite his genetic defect.

A separate training plan was drawn up especially for him and a colleague with Down's syndrome, so that both can work in geriatric care. But can the elderly be expected to accept being cared for by disabled people?

Running parallel to his school education, Jan has worked as an intern in the day care unit of a nursing home since he was 14. Those who would prefer to have other carers can just say so. The head of the day care unit has found that everyone involved in the project benefits. Many elderly people experience an emotional deficit that the pair has a knack of filling. "It clearly gives great pleasure to both them and the elderly residents when Jan and Leonie dance the waltz with them."

Original Title: Jan tanzt aus der Reihe - Wie ein Behinderter alten Menschen helfen will
Year: 2014
Length: 45' (GER)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Karin Guse
Produced by: WDR

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