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Crip Camp: Why the Disability Revolution is Good for Everybody


You are invited to join us online for a conversation about the new documentary “Crip Camp.”



We will be joined by:

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people and is featured in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. President Obama appointed her as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State (where she served from 2010-2017.) Judy was featured on the Trevor Noah show, and her memoir  “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” was recently published by Beacon Press.

Lionel Je’Woodyard, worked at Camp Jened as a Teen Counselor, Adult Camp Director, Field Trip Coordinator, Swimming Instructor, and many other “get the job done capacities”. In 1972 after graduating from college, Lionel moved to New York City from his hometown of Moblie, Alabama. He has worked for The Camp Jened Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, and has continuously been involved in Disability advocacy for many years. The Camp Jened experience left a LIFE-LONG positive impression on Lionel. He also appeared in the award-winning documentary film “Crip Camp.”


Sheldon Koy, a counselor and later Co-Director of Camp Jened. Both of Koy’s parents attended Camp Jened, and encouraged their children to become involved. He is currently the Educator and Administrative Director of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation in Washington Heights, New York City.



Accessibility: Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. 

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About “Crip Camp”:

Available to stream on Netflix

Audience Choice Award, Sundance 2020

100% on Rotten Tomatoes

NY Times Critic Pick


“The movie is both a profile of people who declared they would be no longer invisible and a celebration of the activist culture that supported and sustained them. ” 

David Edelstein, Vulture


Film Synopsis:

In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California — a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community — where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions.