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Date:
June 8, 2019
Time:
10:30 AM
Time Details:
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Film shows at 10:45 a.m.
Location:
Grand Cinema
Address:
606 S. Fawcett
Tacoma, WA 98402
Contact:
253-798-4600
Cost:
Free; Please RSVP online or call 253-798-4600
ADA:
Yes
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Intelligent Lives

Saturday, June 8, 2019

“Intelligent Lives” is much-admired as a catalyst to transform the intellectual disability label from a life sentence of isolation to a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

Caregiver Film Series Challenges Intellectual Disability Label

Intellectual disability knows no boundaries.  It touches the lives of people of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds.  Many people with an intellectual disability lead full, rewarding, and contributing lives.  But many more find themselves pushed to the margins of our society.  Almost all encounter prejudice, bullying, insensitive treatment, discrimination or abuse at some time in their lives.

Intellectual disability (or ID) is a term used when a person has certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self-care skills.  These limitations can cause an individual to develop and learn more slowly or differently than a typically developing child.  Intellectual disability can happen any time before a child turns 18 years old, even before birth. 

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers another film in our Films on Caregiving series – “Intelligent Lives.”  The 2018 documentary is much-admired as a catalyst to transform the intellectual disability label from a life sentence of isolation to a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.  Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse. 

“Intelligent Lives” will show on Saturday, June 8.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma.  The film is free but tickets much be obtained online in advance at https://bpt.me/4227502 or by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 253-798-4600.  Attendees will enjoy complimentary popcorn as well.  

“We know from history how flawed labels can be,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “Treatment and perceptions of what we call “disability” have undergone transformation since the 1900s.  This has happened largely because people with disabilities have demanded and created those changes.  The watershed moment happened with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.  “Intelligent Lives” shows how three young individuals move to take their rightful place in society.”

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program.  The program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care.  People can learn more about the program by calling the ADRC at 253-798-4600.