In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Disability Studies Initiative is joining the Carsey-Wolf Center and the UCSB Library to host a virtual discussion with the directors of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020).
In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination, and institutionalization. Located in the Catskills, New York, ramshackle Camp Jened exploded those confines. Jened was the teens’ freewheeling utopia, a place where summertime sports, smoking, and make-out sessions awaited everyone; campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated west to Berkeley, California, a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.
Co-directors and producers Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham will join Hannah Garibaldi (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a virtual discussion of this fascinating documentary. ASL interpretation will be provided during the event. The film may be viewed in advance on Netflix.
Cosponsored by the IHC’s Disability Studies Initiative Research Focus Group, the Carsey-Wolf Center, the UCSB Library, the Disabled Students Program, Graduate Division, and the Resource Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (RCGSD)