Netflix released the award-winning Crip Camp documentary to subscribers of its online streaming platform earlier this year. The film, which traces the history of a summer camp for disabled youth, follows camp participants into adulthood and their advocacy for a more accessible and inclusive world. It is, without a doubt, my favorite film of 2020.
Critics have showered the documentary with praise. In a review for The Washington Post, Jake Coyle wrote that “[the film] has a specific starting point but it unfolds as a broader chronicle of a decades-long fight for civil rights—one that has received less attention than other 20th century struggles for equity.”
Now, presumably to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Netflix has made Crip Camp available for free via its YouTube channel. You can stream it right here, or on the YouTube website.
This documentary should be required viewing in all public schools, exposing students to more stories from the campaigns for disability rights. As Coyle wrote in The Washington Post, the fight for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA are rarely discussed, but deserve greater attention from the public.
It is unclear how long Crip Camp will be available on YouTube, so I recommend streaming it right away. You won’t be disappointed!