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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is a half-hour documentary about a renegade Jerry's Kid named Mike Ervin. Mike was a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) poster child in the 1960s. Today he is a disability rights activist who challenges the MDA's use of pity to raise money in its annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT follows Mike as he organizes Jerry's Orphans, a group that protests against the telethon each year.
The film offers a critique of the "pity approach" to fundraising by contrasting the telethon's outdated attitudes (personified by Jerry Lewis) with a view into the real life of a disability civil rights activist today.
For the Full Half Hour Documentary, and more go to
"THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT" at:
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"Adopt a Smart Ass Cripple" by Mike Ervin : Labor Day (MDA Telethon) 2011
JERRY'S ORPHANS PROTEST THE MDA TELETHON : The Story
A Test of Wills: Jerry Lewis, Jerry's Orphans, and the Telethon : article from "The Disability Rag" from 1992
"Jerry's Orphans" ; MDA Telethon : Jerry Lewis speaks about the disabled (video)
Mike Ervin publishes and writes the Smart Ass Cripple blog at:
# originally posted Sept. 2011