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Conference brings together advocates championing the rights of people with disabilities

Joint Base San Antonio

In the summer of 2020, 10,000 people gathered virtually for "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution." It was a throwback to the 1970s and Camp Jened, a camp in the Catskill Mountains for what was then called the “handicapped.” It became the subject of a Netflix documentary that some called the “Woodstock” for people with disabilities. The film garnered an Oscar nomination and was a Sundance award winner. Many point to it as a turning point for disability activism.

Disability advocate Judy Heumann was featured in that film. She will be the keynote speaker at a conference next week put on by the Pacific Rim and the Center on Disabilities Studies. We talked to Kiriko Takahashi, interim director of the Center on Disabilities Studies, about the theme “Mobilize For Action.”

Registration for the conference remains open. This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 24, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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