“Intelligent Lives” corrects the misconceptions that many hold about people with intellectual disabilities — a population that is perhaps the most systematically segregated in America. Intellectual disability often means a life sentence of isolation, but the three pioneering young American adults featured in the documentary — Micah, Naieer, and Naomie — refuse to be shunted aside, insisting on the right to attend high school and college and to enter the workforce. As the film’s narrator, Academy Award®-winning actor Chris Cooper offers further context to the lives of the film’s central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse. The film also explores the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. “Intelligent Lives” challenges what it means to be intelligent, pointing to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.
Mr. Connolly Has ALS
Embraced by his community, a high-school principal continues to lead the school, despite rapidly losing his ability to walk and speak due to the debilitating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).