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#9) Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

May 3, 2021

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During the 1970s, teenagers with disabilities were faced with a life of isolation, discrimination, and segregation. Many were sent to institutional camps over the summer by their families. “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” is a film about Camp Jened, a former summer camp for disabled people, in New York that lit the spark for the Disability Rights Movement in the United States. During the film, the characters discuss the assumptions many disabled personnel are faced with by their families and the world. The film follows the story of how Camp Jened raised their teenagers into activists for the Disability Rights Movement and inspired them to fight for the equality and freedom that they were not given at home. “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” teaches its audience about the Disabled Rights Movement, discrimination that disabled people are faced with every day, the impact assumptions have, and the stories of any Camp Jened alumni. The film’s executive producers are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Platforms: Netflix, Movie Theaters

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