Insight with Mark Farrell An engaging forum to examine and discuss a vast array of everyday obstacles and challenges facing adults and children today.

October 12, 2018  

The film, “Feeling Through” began 7 years ago when Filmmaker Doug Roland had a chance encounter with a man named Artemio on a NYC street. Doug tells Mark how he shared an instant connection as Artemio was one of the most trusting and open-hearted people he had ever met. He also happened to be Deaf-Blind, and this experience not only inspired the story of “Feeling Through”, but motivated Doug to learn more about a community he realized I knew nothing about.


Doug is working closely with the Helen Keller National Center to launch a nationwide event series consisting of screenings of both films accompanied by a panel discussion with members of the DeafBlind community.


Doug is an independent filmmaker who has a passion for telling stories of individuals and communities overlooked and underrepresented. His short film Jada played in over 2 dozen festivals around the world before becoming a viral sensation with more than 15 million views on YouTube…Doug produced the feature film Life Hack which has racked up 16 awards on the festival circuit (including Best Independent Feature at the Cleveland International Film Festival).


“Feeling Through” needs your support so this vital film can be completed that not only showcases and supports actors with disabilities it also helps promote the significance of inclusion in our society.

To donate, learn more and to view behind the scenes:


Doctor and author, Susan Noonan speaks candidly with Mark about depression and how she keeps it at bay as well as an abundance of information in her new book relating to positive mental health: “Take Control of Your Depression: Strategies to Help You Feel Better Now  Johns Hopkins Press.


Dr. Noonan is a certified Peer Specialist in the Dept of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, as well as a consultant on depression to the Massachusetts General Hospital. She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Quality of Care, from Harvard. Also the author of When Someone You Know Has Depression: Words to Say and Things to Do, Dr. Noonan brings her personal experience with managing a mood disorder to her work with patients and mental health professionals. She lives in the Boston area.


Have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: Email:


Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation


Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University


Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark.


Johnny Callebs

KAPP Executive Director


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