3 people in wheelchairs interviewed whilst a sign-language interpreter stands behind

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (a review)

If you have a disability or know someone who has, please watch this. If you know someone who can’t or won’t support you, tell them they need to do better, you don’t need them in your life.

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, tells the story of group of young adults who are thrown together at a Summer camp for the handicapped in America in 1971. Many have to be carried from the inaccessible coaches they arrived on. Then, in the first inclusive environment of their lives, they undergo an awakening and discover that their disabilities are created by other people and enforced through the environment around them.

With this revelation and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, this group of friends form a diverse and fully inclusive organisation and begin a fifteen-year fight for equality for all disabled people. They protest, resist, and occupy, fearlessly put themselves in harm’s way and draw support from other marginalised groups along the way.

Seeing it now in the midst of the Black Lives Matter crisis reminds me that all minority groups are together in this struggle. That true equality only begins with changing the law, it is a constant battle to keep these hard-won gains and to change attitudes. I also wonder where we are in the UK with Disability Equality.

See it now. Oh, and it was produced by the Obamas.

Richard Brown

June 6, 2020

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