Film ‘Intelligent Lives’ features employees with disabilities

In observance of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Minnesota Council on Disability is hosting two showings of the film Intelligent Lives by Dan Habib on Thursday, October 25, at 1:00 & 6:00 PM. The 70-minute film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. – serving as a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.
The film will be have open captioning and audio description and will be ASL-interpreted. It’s free, and complimentary refreshments will be served at the Minnesota Council on Disability, Metro Square Building, Lower level, 121 East 7th Place, St. Paul 55101. For more information, contact David Fenley at 651-361-7809 or, or go online to or
The film will also be shown Monday, November 5, at 7:30 PM at AMC Arbor Lakes, 12575 Elm Creek Blvd. N., Osseo: That cost is $12, and access accommodations have not yet been confirmed.

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