In honor of the Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary, the YES program is hosting a series of virtual events centered around Netflix's Crip Camp, produced by the Obama’s Higher Ground Production and winner of the 2020 Audience Award at Sundance. The film narrates the story of youth at a disability camp who became activists for the disability rights movement and fought for accessibility legislation. Join a week of virtual events centered around the film that include a film discussion, keynote speaker panel, and fireside chats from August 17-21. Below you will find more information on each Crip Camp Workshop session and speaker bios. You can register for any session here: bit.ly/cripcampiearn.
This workshop is free and open to the public, and no application is necessary. We especially invite everyone who is interested in disability rights, accessibility, inclusivity, and cultural exchange to attend!
Closed captioning will be provided for all participants. ASL interpretation will be available for participants who are Deaf and/or use sign language as their primary form of communication. Please let us know if you would like access to ASL interpretation by emailing [email protected]
Read more about the workshop and register at http://bit.ly/cripcampiearn
Crip Camp Workshop Sessions
Crip Camp Cinema Circle, Monday, August 17 at 12pm - 1:15pm ET
Watch the film Crip Camp in advance of this session - we will share a link with free access to the film - and join this session for a community discussion about the message of the film, specific scenes, reclaiming and celebrating your identity, telling your story, and discovering the power of community. Be prepared to discuss disability rights in the U.S. and abroad. Discussions will take place in smaller breakout rooms where you will be able to connect with others from the international exchange community for a guided discussion on the film.
Keynote Speaker Panel, Tuesday, August 18 at 1pm - 2:30pm ET
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to attend a session with one of the most recognized leaders in disability advocacy and a key figure in the film Crip Camp, Judy Heumann. On the panel, Judy will be joined by her fellow disability rights advocates Andraéa LaVant, Crip Camp Impact Producer, and Ann Cody, who oversees the International Disability Rights portfolio at the U.S. Department of State. The panelists will have a robust discussion about advocating for persons with disabilities, the power of community, and the role that international exchanges can have in global disability rights and advocacy. You will not want to miss out on this conversation with influential civil rights leaders and change makers in our global society.
The panel will be moderated by Cindy Lewis from MIUSA.
Judy Heumann is an American disability rights activist. She is recognized internationally as a leader in the disability community. Judy is a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities and one of the key figures in passing the ADA and featured strongly in Crip Camp. Her work with governments and NGOs since the 1970s has contributed greatly to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. Her work in the World Bank and the U.S. State Department, has led to mainstreaming of disability rights into international development cooperation Judy has contributed greatly to the extension of the international reach of the independent living movement.
Andraéa LaVant is founder and president of LaVant Consulting and Crip Camp Impact Producer. Through her company she teaches organization how to include disability in their company's programs and campaigns. As a communications consultant and inclusion specialist, Andraéa has over a decade of experience working with programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations. Her professional roles and personal advocacy have presented her with a variety of notable opportunities to share messages and prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe.
Ann Cody oversees the International Disability Rights portfolio at the U.S. Department of State. She is responsible for the Department’s engagement to combat discrimination and abuse against persons with disabilities globally and to promote the rights, respect, and full inclusion of all persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ann oversaw the Washington, D.C. office of BlazeSports America where she shaped the organization’s policy efforts and helped lead its international initiatives. Her Washington experience also includes nearly a decade in governmental affairs advising clients on legislative and regulatory strategies and leading efforts to secure congressional and agency support for disability, local government, health, and sport initiatives.
A Paralympic gold medalist, Ann held leadership positions at the highest levels of the Paralympic movement with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Olympic Committee. She is a recipient of the Paralympic Order – the highest honor bestowed by the International Paralympic Committee; George M. Steinbrenner Sport Leadership Award recognizing significant contributions to Olympic and Paralympic sport in the U.S.; the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award; and an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Self-Advocacy; Facilitated by Andraéa LaVant, Wednesday, August 19 at 1pm - 2pm ET
Join this fireside chat (a more intimate discussion where all attendees have access to their microphones and cameras to engage and interact with one another and facilitators) about self-advocacy with Andraéa LaVant, a disability rights and justice advocacy expert. Andraéa will lead a discussion on communicating with different stakeholders to advocate for yourself by knowing and recognizing your needs.
Andraéa LaVant is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc., a strategy and communications firm dedicated to fostering disability-inclusive cultures across all sectors. As a communications consultant and inclusion specialist, Andraéa has over a decade of experience working with programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations. Her professional roles and personal advocacy have presented her with a variety of notable opportunities to share messages and prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe.
Crip Camp and My Community; Facilitated by JoEllen Delamatta, Thursday, August 20 at 12pm - 1pm ET
Join an exciting session led by iEARN educator JoEllen Delamatta. This session, which is based on the iEARN framework, will guide you to take a critical look at your own society, consider disability rights in your community and country, and connect with your peers over similarities and differences. Participants will connect with other youth about the challenges and issues facing the disability community and draw similarities between scenes in Crip Camp and their own societies. All attendees will have access to their microphones and cameras to engage and interact with one another and facilitators. For this particular session we will provide prompts and guiding questions in advance about disability rights in your own community.
JoEllen Delamatta is a seasoned language and literacy teacher both in North America and Europe. She has been an iEARN facilitator and collaborative educator since 2016, and uses project based learning to incorporate the SDGs using virtual exchange platforms for greater authenticity with North Africa, France and the USA.
Global Disability Rights; Facilitated by MIUSA, Friday, August 21 at 12pm - 1pm ET
How can we create community conversations to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities? Reflecting on how discussions among a group of passionate youth in Crip Camp began a grassroots movement for change, participants of this interactive session will consider: “How can people (including FLEX and YES alumni) draw on their international experiences to make their communities more inclusive, and join the global movement for disability rights?” All attendees will have access to their cameras and microphones during this session, which will be facilitated by MIUSA, a FLEX and YES implementing partner.
Founded in 1981, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a disability-led non-profit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, USA advancing disability rights and leadership globally.® MIUSA’s innovative programs build bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities. Read more about MIUSA here: https://www.miusa.org/about