The Wheelchair Chronicles: Virtual Film Screening & Discussion


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The Wheelchair Chronicles: Virtual Film Screening & Discussion

February 19, 2021 @ 5:30 PM 8:30 PM


Join us for the virtual premiere of Justin Cooper’s The Wheelchair Chronicles, an autobiographical short documentary about the director’s life. Follow him through this interview as he discusses the intersection of being black & disabled, public transportation, and how he is NOT your inspiration

The film screening will be followed by a guided discussion and Q&A with the film’s creator, Justin Cooper.

**Please note: This is a virtual event.**

How to attend:

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Accessibility Information:

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an increase in the demands for live captioners and ASL interpreters. Due to this demand, we are waiting to confirm captioner (or ASL interpreter) availability. We will make the final announcement as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Questions? Contact Johanna Tesfaye at

About Justin:

Justin is a black filmmaker, artist and disability advocate who has been working in art and film professionally since 2012. The lack of media representation amongst people with disabilities motivated him to work on his own documentary film called The Wheelchair Chronicles. Justin is currently the president of Access Living’s Young Professionals Council and the Head Marshal of the annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade. He does advocacy work for Advance Your Leadership Power (racial/social justice advocacy group at Access Living) and the Chicago Disability Activism Collective (CDAC). In March of 2018, Justin founded his own media company called Cooper Industries. This company focuses on his filmmaking, film production, and photography work.

Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL) is housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCAL is a platform for creative advocacy projects and disability allyship training. In partnership with Access Living’s Arts and Culture Project, DCAL provides teaching and hands-on learning through disability justice–a framework that examines disability in connection to other forms of oppressions and identities. Using a peer support and collective care model, disability community members and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.