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Intelligent Lives Tuesday, January 15

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Intelligent Lives Part of the Community Film Forum

  • Date: January 15, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: $5

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.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion talking about the topics addressed. Panel will include:

Dr Ingrid Wiemer, Ph.D
Executive Director of Student Services
District 65 & 115

Jenny Sterpin, Ed.D.
Director of Special Education
District 115

Barb Walti, developmental therapist, early childhood specialist
Barb received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Ohio University.  She taught fourth grade for part of her career.   In 1985 she began teaching in a church based community preschool in Indianapolis, where she raised four children with her husband.   She’s been in love with early childhood development and education ever since.  She then earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Indiana University and a second Masters Degree in School Administration from Northern Illinois University.
Early Childhood Experiences:
Church based Community preschool teacher
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in Indiana and Illinois
Created wrap around preschool programming in elementary schools in Indianapolis
Wrote a chapter for a book published by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
Director of Child Development Center at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis
Trainer of Early Childhood Curriculum/Classroom Environments in Lake County schools
Coordinator of Early Childhood Assessment Teams at SEDOL for 9 years where teams evaluated children coming from Early Intervention programming and Public School Preschool Screenings
Developmental Therapist in Early Intervention for 20 years

Concessions available for purchase prior to the film.


Starting Fall 2018, Gorton will co-host a series of films about topics of interest to our community with a number of other local organizations. The films will be followed by panel discussion. Topics covered will include raising children, learning disabilities, anxiety, substance abuse issues, civil discourse, societal pressures and more.

Thank you to the Jannotta Family for sponsoring The Community Film Forum through Gorton’s Producer Program!

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