ICI Filmmaker Jerry Smith to Receive AAIDD Award

Publication date: 
January 4, 2017

ICI’s Jerry Smith, a filmmaker and media director specializing in documentary and social issue media, has been selected to receive the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ (AAIDD) 2017 Hervey B. Wilbur Historic Preservation Award. This award recognizes significant contributions to historic preservation of the archives of the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or AAIDD. It will be presented to Smith in Hartford, Connecticut on June 28 at AAIDD’s 141st Annual Meeting.

As Media Producer/Director with ICI’s Research and Training Center on Community Living, Smith has directed dozens of award-winning films that promote greater awareness and understanding of disability issues, giving voice to many undertold stories of disability history, community, and activism. Among his numerous films are Higher Ground — The Dedication of Direct Support Professionals During and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; We Watch the City — Stories in the Shadow of 9/11; and the recently-released Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization.