Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is an American documentary film directed, written and co-produced by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht. Crip Camp had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020, where it won the Audience Award. It was released on March 25, 2020, by Netflix and received acclaim from critics. And it has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
Crip Camp starts in 1971 at Camp Jened, a ground-breaking summer camp in New York described as a “loose, free-spirited camp designed for teens with disabilities”. Starring Larry Allison, Judith Heumann, James LeBrecht, Denise Sherer Jacobson, and Stephen Hofmann, the film focuses on those campers who after that empowering experience turned themselves into activists for the disability rights movement and follows their fight and victories for accessibility legislation.
They 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. In the summer of 2020, the Crip Camp Impact Campaign hosted a 15 week virtual camp experience that featured trailblazing speakers from the disability community with nearly 10,000 participants. And through their online Crip Camp Curriculum, in both in English and Spanish, they offer and educational resource extending the knowledge and understanding of disability with a curriculum grounded in an equity and justice approach to disability, one that challenges the world to go beyond the expectations of inclusion and diversity. Their vision is to support students, educators, and families in a welcomed conversation about the disability rights movement, power, ableism, and disability justice, hoping to reach as many educators as possible who are teaching now and those who will be teaching in the future. Offering an example of what is possible and shifting from diversity and inclusion to equity and power for disabled people in learning environments.