No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution.
In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and make-out sessions awaiting everyone, and 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.
Crip Camp is the story of one group of people and captures one moment in time. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of other equally important stories from the Disability Rights Movement that have not yet received adequate attention. We are committed to using the film’s platform to amplify additional narratives in the disability rights and disability justice communities – with a particular emphasis on stories surrounding people of color and other intersectionally marginalized communities. We stand by the creed of nothing about us, without us. For too long, too many were excluded, and it is time to broaden the number of voices and share the mic.
The Crip Camp Impact Campaign is honored to partner with Adobe in establishing a fellowship program for creatives and community organizers with disabilities interested in elevating their work to the next level of visibility.
Through a competitive application process, 10-12 fellows will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to complete a passion project over a 7-month period. Fellows will participate in monthly training classes with Adobe and Crip Camp lecturers and have direct access to a pool of mentors — well-established in their respective industries. All fellows will receive a one year complimentary subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($600+/year in value).
Join your fellow grassroots activists and advocates this summer for a virtual camp experience featuring trailblazing speakers from the disability community. All are welcome, you do not need any activism experience to participate.
The Crip Camp impact campaign in partnership with Color of Change has established an emergency relief fund for disabled creatives and activists. Many have lost all or most of their income, and – as freelancers or independent contractors – they don’t qualify for unemployment benefits. The fund will ensure that activists, storytellers and cultural influencers of the future can continue the vital work that Crip Camp champions.
Learn more, apply for relief or donate to the fund here.
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Official Trailer with Audio Description
- Nicole Newnham
- Jim LeBrecht
- President Barack Obama
- Michelle Obama
- Tonia Davis
- Priya Swaminathan
- Howard Gertler
- Sara Bolder
- Jim LeBrecht
- Nicole Newnham
- Eileen Meyer
- Andrew Gersh
- Mary Lampson
Director of Photography
- Justin Schein
- Lauren Schwartzman
- Bear McCreary
- Amine Ramer
- Shane Hofeldt
- Denise Sherer Jacobson
- Andraéa LaVant