Film challenges IQ Testing, Limits Placed on People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Frostig Center is proud to host a screening of the new documentary Intelligent Lives, which is shattering stereotypes about what it means to be “intelligent” and opening doors to more inclusive education and employment.

PHOTO: The Frostig Center | | Amy Brenneman

The screening will be held at The Frostig Center on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free.

Intelligent Lives stars three young 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 story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

Following the screening, Executive Producer Amy Brenneman will lead a discussion of the film and the issues it raises.

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“People with intellectual disabilities are the most segregated of all Americans,” said Dan Habib, the producer, director and cinematographer of Intelligent Lives.  “Only 17 percent of students with intellectual disabilities are included in regular education. Just 40 percent will graduate from high school. And of the 6.5 million Americans with intellectual disability, barely 15 percent are employed.”

Advance registration is required due to limited seating. Please go to to reserve your seat and learn more.

The Frostig Center, located at 971 N. Altadena Drive, is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of children with learning differences through research, professional development for teachers, and Frostig School. Frostig also provides services to young adults with learning differences who are transitioning to college and work.  For additional information about The Frostig Center, call (626) 791-1255 or visit our website at