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If you haven’t watched Crip Camp on Netflix you haven’t heard of the amazing leader of the Disabled Rights Movement of the 1960s-1980s – Judy Heumann – or about the sit-ins she coordinated in San Francisco and D.C. – or about how the Black Panther’s brought food to them in their 23 day sit-in in San Francisco or how the machinists union rented trucks to drive them around D.C. since busses weren’t accessible (the thing they were demonstrating to change!). And Heumann arranged it all with the help of other kids she’d met at Camp Jened, a camp for kids with disabilities.
A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality.
It reminded me of the summer I spent as a counselor at a similar camp in Ohio – Camp Cheerful – during my college years.