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Use the Crip Camp Curriculum to Learn about Disability Rights History

February 3, 2021
Source: Crip Camp

The documentary feature film, Crip Camp, marks a historic moment in mainstream representation of the disability experience. [Some of the people who made the film have produced a teaching curriculum for use in schools, families and communities.]

The film shares with insight, clarity, humor, and beauty the experiences of one group of disabled young people and their journey to activism and adulthood, and in so doing, provides an opportunity for all to delve into the rich and complicated history of disability activism, culture, and history.

The goal of this curriculum is to extend the knowledge and understanding of disability and of disabled people offered in the Netflix film Crip Camp. Impact producers Stacey Milbern and AndraƩa LaVant invited us, [Doctors] Bianca I. Laureano and Aiesha Turman, to imagine a curriculum grounded in an equity and justice approach to disability, one that challenges us to go beyond the expectations of inclusion and diversity. We brought together a team and the result is the curriculum you are now reading. You can learn more about the authors and collaborators below.

Our bold collective vision is to support students, educators, and families in a welcomed conversation about the disability rights movement, power, ableism, and disability justice. We hope as you read through this lesson plan you, too, may envision the possibilities in your homes, classrooms, and communities when guided by those most impacted. We hope to reach as many educators as possible who are teaching now and those who will be teaching in the future. We wish to offer an example of what is possible and to shift from diversity and inclusion to equity and power for disabled people in learning environments!

We invite you to engage with the film and through social media using the hashtag #CripCampFilm. If you use the curriculum, let us know!


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