Opening our eyes to intellectual disabilities

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September 10, 2012 — A unique artistic voice will play out at the Kimmel this month by a theatrical ensemble perceived to have intellectual disabilities.

The performance called “FOOD COURT” exposes audiences to blunt-force shaming and the expression of unfulfilled desires of individuals who are marginalize by their differences.

On Voices in the Family, Dan Gottlieb leads a discussion about intellectual disabilities – how those viewed as different sometimes struggle…and sometimes prosper in a culture that has come a long way to meet their everyday needs and desires.

Dan’s guests include: Celia Feinstein, Lisa Sonneborn, Robert Kurzban, Bruce Gladwin, and Sarah Mainwaring.

Celia Feinstein is co-executive director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University’s College of Education.

Lisa Sonneborn is the Project Coordinator for Visionary Voices: Leaders, Lessons, Legacy. She has collected and continues to collect audio interviews of key people in the intellectual disabilities movement.

Robert Kurzban is an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania where he is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He’s written “Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind” now out in paperback.

Bruce Gladwin is artistic director of Back to Back Theatre Company in Australia. He brings to Philadelphia his company’s performance of “FOOD COURT,” a presentation of the 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

Sarah Mainwaring plays the role of Leslie in Back to Back’s presentation of “FOOD COURT.”

For information about Intellectual Disabilities Services, visit

Photo credit: “Food Court” from the Philly Fringe Festival

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