On Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Crispus Attucks High School Auditorium, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will present a public screening on a groundbreaking film called “Intelligent Lives.”


This feature-length film, produced by award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, highlights three pioneering young adults living and thriving with intellectual disabilities and challenges what it means to be intelligent.


The film will be introduced by an IPS teacher who works with students with intellectual disabilities through a district partnership with IUPUI. The Skills for Independence, Transition and Employment (SITE) program helps young adults make the transition from high school to college and increased independence. She’ll be joined by one of her SITE students.


The event will wrap up with a panel discussion that includes Patricia Rogan, a professor of special education at the IU School of Education, IUPUI; Tracy Clemmons, a special education employment transition specialist; Anne Mattson, who employs young people with intellectual disabilities at the J.W. Marriott; Deborah Whitfield, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion and Project SEARCH liaison with Community Hospital East; and Allison Boyll, Health through Outreach, Personal perspectives and Engagement (HOPE) Program manager with the Joseph Maley Foundation.


“IPS is committed to serving students of all abilities and recognizes the importance of sharing this important film jointly with an engaging public discussion about different perspectives,” said IPS Interim Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “By providing increased awareness and understanding and continuing the district’s ongoing efforts, it is our hope that all individuals living with intellectual disabilities will enjoy a future that allows them to fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and deeper relationships.”


The film screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more and to register.