The Intelligent Lives Project will include:

  • A feature-­length documentary film, which will explore how our narrow views of intelligence have led to the ongoing segregation of people with intellectual disabilities. The film will examine the emerging paradigm in which technology, peers, and other supports enable people with intellectual and other disabilities to engage in competitive employment, inclusive education, and all aspects of community life;
  • A companion 45-­minute documentary film, focusing specifically on youth with disabilities transitioning from high school to employment or post­secondary education;
  • A short preview film, which will be utilized as an educational and advocacy resource, and;
  • Education and outreach materials for educators, employers, youth, families, and other stakeholders.

The film and related educational and outreach materials will be used as resources and public awareness tools to increase educational, social, and employment opportunities for people with labels of intellectual disability. The project will launch in January 2018.

The anticipated audience for this film includes:

  • Educators and transition specialists
  • Employers and businesses
  • Youth with disabilities and their families
  • Higher education staff and faculty
  • Disability advocates
  • Public policy decision makers
  • Community leaders
  • Youth serving organizations
  • General public

We anticipate that the film’s long-term impact will include changes in viewers’ attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as an increase in advocacy for broad-based systems change such as:

  • Ensuring that people with disabilities are seen as valued and intelligent human beings with a place in general education, higher education, relationships, and the workplace;
  • Providing the essential supports to enable people with intellectual and other disabilities to thrive;
  • Desegregating general education, higher education, employment, and community life.


The Intelligent Lives Project Interim Report - Past, Present, & Future - Fall 2016