5:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm PT
Change of topic! Instead of Happy Hour, this month we will enjoy another Movie Night conversation.
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 activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.
This rousing story is told in Crip Camp, a 2020 American documentary film which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020, where it won the Audience Award. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Full of humor and defiance, it is a moving tribute to the late Judy Heumann and other activists who have forever transformed the world for people with disabilities.
The film is available on Netflix and also can be stream online for free on YouTube. You will definitely enjoy this. We look forward to a lively discussion!
The Wellness Hour is open to everyone in the FSHD community. This is your time to enjoy the company of fellow FSHers, share challenges, talk about what works for you, and feel validated and supported in whatever you may be going through.
We will open the Zoom room a half hour early (4:30 pm ET) so members can enjoy an open forum to discuss whatever is on their minds. Rick Whitehead will be on hand to welcome you in. Wellness Hour has become such a popular destination and we never have enough time for everyone to share what’s on their minds, so we thought we’d try this approach.
Our monthly Zoom meeting on Wellness is held on the second Monday of each month at 5:00-6:00 pm ET. Each month, we’ll have a conversation starter topic, but this is an informal gathering and if the discussion veers off in other directions, that’s OK! We hope you’ll drop by to enjoy the company of some of the wonderful people in our community.
If you are interested, please register by clicking on the link below. You only need to register once for the monthly series. You’ll receive notifications from Zoom with the meeting information.
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