Every Story Matters


Jody Santos is an award-winning author and human rights journalist and filmmaker who believes that stories can change the world.


For Santos, there is a whole other narrative that's unseen or underreported, and often that narrative involves issues of privilege and power. Santos's goal is to bring these stories to light - to move beyond corporate interests and amplify all voices - through digital media. Click on the links below to view some of her work (including No One Left Behind, a PBS special about a crusade to free people with disabilities from abuse worldwide) and to see candids from her recent shoot in Nigeria. Also check out her new page, #LetThemOut, an investigation into the warehousing of people with disabilities in the U.S.

Daring to Feel is a bold, brave book. Jody Santos challenges the entrenched doctrine that journalists are neutral, dispassionate observers of ‘fact.’ Santos demonstrates how journalists themselves and society as a whole benefit from emotionally nuanced and emotionally engaged reporting. This is a beautifully written tribute to the passion of journalists and the heart-wrenching stories they cover.
— Rebecca Campbell, Michigan State University
The documentary film includes dramatic footage. The scenes elicit both tears of sadness and tears of joy as it chronicles the organization’s journey through the years of delivering wheelchairs around the world. Because No One Should Have to Crawl concludes with the grand finale - a trip to Peru this past summer to give the millionth wheelchair to a 12-year-old girl who desperately needed mobility due to an illness that left her mentally and physically impaired.
— Disabled World
I have watched two spellbound audiences now, glued to their seats. No one gets up to go to the bathroom. No one checks their phone. No one goes for coffee. Spellbound. Magnificent!
I have never seen an audience so interested in what we do. It is so easy to engage with the audience after they have seen us by the vision you give them. They see us as you see us, you and your very talented team.
— Don Schoendorfer, FWM

Mad in America investigation into people with disabilities being forced into institutions against their will