RHS Presents Intelligent Lives
Mon, Jan 14 11:05am
Redwood Heights Elementary


Intelligent Lives

Film Screening and Discussion

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, 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.


INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – 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.


INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.


Please join Redwood Heights in welcoming Janice Fialka, parent of Micah, one of the subjects of the documentary, at this community event.

Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW, is a nationally-recognized lecturer, award-winning social worker and advocate on issues related to family-professional partnerships and raising a child with disabilities. Janice speaks and writes as an experienced social worker of 40 years and as the mother of Micah Fialka-Feldman, her adult son with an intellectual disability. Her most recent publication, What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love, chronicles Micah and his community's groundbreaking journey of full inclusion. Special education pioneer Ann Turnbull gave high praise for the book, "If I could recommend a single book about family life and disability to families and professionals, hands down it is What Matters."