‘Crip Camp’ producer on social impact, working with the Obamas

Andraéa LaVant talks about her work with programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations.
4:24 | 12/03/20

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When woodstock was happening, I was at my grandmother's listening on the radio thinking I wish I could go. Then, there I was. I was at woodstock. The music and the people, you're like these people are crazy, I mean in a good way. That was a clip from "Crip camp "A new Netflix documentary that tells a story to the catskills summer camp. Joining us now is the producer, a disability and inclusion specialist. Andrea lavont is here with us. Thank you for being here. Thank you for having me. We're so happy you're here with us, especially on this day. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with disability act. Today is the international day of disabled persons. Talk about how important representation is and what this day means to you. We continue to hear that representation matters and yet it often leaves out 15% of the global populations, that's people with disabilities. That's 1 billion people, which means we're the largest minority group in the world, yet we're still fighting for equity in every facet of life, from employment to health care, to housing, to education. Especially amidst the pandemic more and more people are going to be identifying as disabled. It's important to understand that disabled people -- if you're not disabled, you know somebody who is. How does the "Crip camp" campaign help push that mission forward that you just talked about? Our goal is to promote understanding disability as a social justice issue. It's not just acknowledging the overall disabled experience because we're not a monolith. We all have varied experiences and really also recognizing the experiences of those of us who experience multiple forms of oppression. Black, indigenous, people of color, the lgbtq community. With black lives matter we've beenmphasizing the fact that black disabled lives matter. Amidst the pandemic, again, recognizing how it's impacting disabled communities of color. We're taking the messaging of the film which was so relevant, yet it ended in 1990 with the passage of the Americans with disabilities act and bringing it to today. What are the conversations that need to happen today bringing disabled people to the forefront amidst the social justice? The documentary produced by the Obamas. You met president Obama back in 2012. Talk about what it was like working with him and what you hope this documentary does for people who watch it. You know, what we're so grateful about is the fact that president Obama started out as a community organizer. He clearly recognizes the power of community for the impact on social change. For us it really meant a lot. We got to meet him. He even participated in our series this summer and just to really, you know, see his response to us as an ally is really important because it shows, you know, from the highest of levels that we're valued and it just means a lot to have that level of buy-in. That level of buy-in on all levels there should be buy-in. We appreciate you taking the time with us. This is your mission, but giving us an opportunity to highlight and push that message out. We appreciate you. We hope we can continue to check is that all right? I would love it. Thank you. "Crip camp" is streaming on Netflix now.

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