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Intelligent Lives-Community Screening

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INTELLIGENT LIVES is a film about young adults with intellectual disabilities learning to navigate education, employment and relationships.

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Intelligent Lives, By Dan Habib

October 29th, 2019 6:30 PM, Deerfield Library,

920 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.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 United States.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.

This film is sponsored by:

Shira Schwartz, Educational Advocate

www.schwartzeducation.com

Shira Raviv Schwartz is an educational advocate and intervention specialist who works with families across the Chicagoland area advocating for children’s rights in school. A 20-year veteran teacher, Shira is a certified OG reading specialist and is intuitive and dedicated to supporting families through the IEP/504 process. In addition to advocacy work, Shira coordinates the North Shore Awareness Network which organizes speakers on topics including ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, IEP's/504's , Assistive Technology and Executive Function.

Cari Levin, CASE Evanston

http://evanstoncase.org

Since 2008, our mission has been to provide Community, Advocacy, Support, and Education services to improve the lives of Evanston families impacted by disability. We obtained our nonprofit status in July 2016 and are excited to expand our capacity to execute our mission. Evanston CASE is uniquely situated to be the go-to place for families whose children have disabilities and require special education services and accommodations. We serve parents and caregivers with children aged 3 to 22, with any disability, who attend Evanston public and private schools. CASE advocates for appropriate special education services and promotes the inclusion of families and children in school, community activities and programs.

Amy Oberholtzer, CATCH-Northbrook

https://www.facebook.com/ourkidswellbeing/

www.catchiscommunity.org

CATCH, Community Action Together for Children’s Health,is a grassroots organization located in Northbrook. CATCH’s mission is to empower families to raise resilient, independent youth by focusing on mental health and emotional wellness. Through advocacy, collaboration and education, CATCH is dedicated to helping families in our community. CATCH is hosting a speaker series this year and topics will include; cultivating self-worth in our kids, practicing failure - helping teens fail with purpose, understanding school supports and private interventions, depression and suicide awareness and much more. Information can be found on CATCH’s website or FB page, or email CATCH at catchiscommunity@gmail.com.

Shannon Kerin Powell, GiGi’s Playhouse-Deerfield

www.gigisplayhouse.org/deerfield

GiGi’s Playhouse is the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, with 39 brick and mortar and pop up locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world. Every day, GiGi’s Playhouse provides free, life changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. Down Syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet, it is the least funded. From prenatal diagnosis to career skills, GiGi’s makes a lifetime commitment to remain by their side, empowering families with the tools their child needs to exceed.

Through free programs and the Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, GiGi’s helps maximize opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. The program helps advance a vital social impact goal by showing the world what individuals with Down Syndrome are capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. For more information about free programs, volunteerism, impact partnerships, events, and the many ways to support our families: visit www.gigisplayhouse.org .

Mary Alice Gilgunn-We Rock the Spectrum, Chicago/Palatine

https://www.werockthespectrumchicagopalatine.com

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kids gym that offers an inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. However, in our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment and by allowing children of all ability levels to play together they are able to learn a great deal from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level.

Cindi Di Iorio, Fusion Academy Lake Forest

https://www.fusionacademy.com/chicago-lake-forest/

Fusion is a fully accredited, private middle and high school with just one teacher and one student in each classroom. We customize teaching and curriculum for each student’s unique strengths and learning style. Teachers and staff are committed to building positive relationships to encourage and inspire students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Fusion is an ideal solution for students with learning differences, challenging schedules, accelerated or exceptional needs, are transitioning from boarding schools or therapeutic programs, bored and unmotivated, or have school anxiety. Between class sessions or at the end of the school day, homework happens in our Homework Café® – a relaxed and comfortable space where students can complete assignments with teacher assistance and socialize with other kids.

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