Crip Camp Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

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In observance of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, the UI Council on Disability Awareness, UI School of Social Work, and Wild Bill's are hosting a FREE, online screening and discussion of the documentary film Crip Camp.

Participants may watch our livestream of the film from 4-6 via Zoom, or they are encouraged to watch independently if they wish, using Netflix. If you do not already have an account, you can sign up for a free, 30-day trial on the Netflix website or watch for free during this virtual screening.

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 progressive activism, where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.

Accessibility notes: Audio descriptions and captions are available with the film on Netflix. We will plan to have captions turned on during the livestream and discussion.

4-6 pm: Film

6-7 pm: Panel discussion - Panelists from the UI Disability community will facilitate a conversation that invites participation and engagement from the audience.


Amber Alaniz, LMSW
Doctoral Student, University of Iowa School of Social Work
Before returning to earn my M.S.W., I worked in an array of social work experiences, including sexual violence prevention and education, domestic violence shelter advocate, and a supported community living house supervisor of multiple residential sites. I am also a member of Iowa’s Olmstead Consumer Taskforce to advocate for full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our systems ,(i.e., housing, employment, transportation, healthcare, child welfare, criminal legal, etc.).

Mike Hoenig
Program coordinator with the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Center for Disabilities and Development
Mike coordinates trainings for health sciences professional training programs, supports individuals with disabilities enrolled in the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ILEND) graduate training program, administers a program which supports the transition of individuals with disabilities from segregated to community-based settings, and leads self-advocacy training activities. He utilizes his first-hand experience of living with blindness and supporting a family member with mental illness to enhance training offerings. He earned his B.A. in psychology from Central College, Pella in 1984 and an M.A. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Iowa in 1987.

Megan Meyer
Program Administrator in the Graduate College, Neuroscience PhD & Molecular Medicine PhD
As a person who identifies with an acquired hearing loss disability, has an auditory implant, and wears a hearing aid – I can identify with folks on campus who seek accommodations for their disability in order to participate. I am also a parent of a medically complex child with a physical disability who utilizes a wheelchair for her mobility. In her patient community, I have become very involved and connected, where I participate in legislative advocacy efforts at a national level and co-host a podcast, Two Rare Mama Bears, where we talk all things disability and rare disease.

Michael Penniman
Michael graduated from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business with a B.B.A. in Finance in Fall 2020. Michael identifies as a person with an acquired physical disability from a spinal cord injury in 2012. He uses his lived experiences to fuel his passion to educate, work with, and mentor individuals with disabilities and those involved in their healthcare and daily life. He is a constant advocate involved as a member in numerous different disability advocacy groups and educational trainings. Michael co-founded the nonprofit Students Care during college, which aims to improve the college experience for students with disabilities by facilitating reliable and responsive fellow students to provide student care, tutoring assistance, and creating opportunities for inclusion. Michael was a part of the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ILEND) graduate training program in 2020-2021, working and developing a new community trainee role.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:00pm to 7:00pm
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Jen Knights in advance at 3193353750 or