Intelligent Lives

By: Kelly Elton

In August, I wrote a blog about ADA’s 28th anniversary, yet “Twenty-eight years after the ADA was passed, we’ve had a 1% growth in the employment rate of people with disabilities.” -John Kemp. More than another 28 years of talk, I wanted to start a conversation that challenges others to take action. Through Venture Bound, I am able to take action. Venture Bound will be celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October with a complimentary screening of the film, Intelligent Lives. The screening will take place on October 24, 2018, at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, and the movie will begin at 7:00 pm. You can reserve tickets for this local movie premier here.

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

Venture Bound and INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.