FROM THE DIRECTOR

  • Dan Habib featured in "Michigan Alumnus" magazine

    IOD Filmmaker  Dan Habib is featured in the current issue of "Michigan Alumnus" magazine. From the article, "Including Dan": "Whatever the project, Habib aspires to include those with disabilities. 'I truly believe it will be the greatest civil and human rights movement of the 21st century.'" Read the entire story HERE.

  • Dan Habib interviewed by Michigan Public Radio

    Dan Habib was recently interviewed by Michigan Public Radio regarding their "State of Opportunity" reporting project on students with emotional/behavioral disabilities. Read and listen to "Gap Watch: How schools treat students with physical disabilities vs. emotional disabilities" HERE.
  • Dan Habib visits Canada!

    Dan Habib is bringing his films to Canada during the last week of May 2015, with his first stop in Victoria, British Columbia. Dan will be attending a screening of "Who Cares About Kelsey?" at the University of Victoria on May 26th at 6:30 PM, and will host a discussion/Q&A following the film screening. The event will be held in the David Lam Theatre, MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road. Donations of new or gently used children or youth books, games, or art supplies to the Centre for Outreach Education (CORE) are greatly appreciated. For more information, click HERE

    Dan will then head to Vancouver for the 60th Anniversary 2015 Inclusion BC Conference! Dan will be presenting the keynote and two breakout sessions on May 29th at the Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street. For more information on this event, click HERE.
  • Dan Habib and Paula Kluth at "Illinois Includes"

    Dan Habib and Paula Kluth will both be presenting at this year's "Illinois Includes" Conference in Rosemont, IL on May 6, 2015. The conference has sold out, but Paula has featured Dan on her website's "Speaker Spotlight" and you can read it HERE

  • Dan Habib releases "Keeping Families Together" highlighting the work of START in Arkansas


    Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability, recently released a short documentary film called Keeping Families Together. Habib’s film tells the stories of two families whose lives have been transformed with help from ArkSTART and its partner organizations.

    The Arkansas Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment (START) project, known as ArkSTART, was launched by the Developmental Disabilities Cooperative of Arkansas as a small regional pilot initiative in September 2011. It is now expanding statewide, and is part of a national initiative that improves service efficiency and outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs in the community. 

    The short documentary film features the stories of two individuals who are supported by ArkSTART—Jonathan Smith and Ashley Jackson—along with the voices of family and community members, and ArkSTART staff. The film paints a compelling picture of the philosophy, practices, goals, and impact of the START approach. 

    To view the film, click HERE.

    To read a press release regarding the film's release, click HERE.


  • "Restraint and Seclusion" film to air on SFGovTV2

    Films selected to screen at the Superfest International Disability Film Festival this past November will now also be screening on SFGovTV2--San Francisco's local television station. Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories will run through early January and can be viewed online HERE:

    Saturdays: 10:30 AM & 10:00 PM

    Sundays: 9:15 AM & 8:30 PM

    Mondays: 11:00 AM

    Thursdays: 11:30 PM
  • Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week with "Including Samuel"!

    Rachel Norton, a public school parent on the San Francisco Board of Education, encourages everyone to watch Including Samuel and Dan Habib's TEDxAmoskeagMillyard talk as part of Inclusive Schools Week. Read her blog post HERE.



  • "SWIFT in 60" films now available!

    What does inclusive school transformation look like? We can show you! Dan Habib has created 10 short "SWIFT in 60" films for the SWIFT Center that portray educational practices in inclusive schools. Learn more about them in the latest blog post on SWIFT Talk.

    The SWIFT Center is a national K-8 technical assistance center for academic and behavioral support that promotes achievement for all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs. The new "SWIFT in 60" films focus on:

    • Strong and Engaged Site Leadership
    • Strong Educator Support System
    • Inclusive Academic Instruction
    • Inclusive Behavior Instruction
    • Fully Integrated Organizational Structure
    • Strong and Positive School Culture
    • Trusting Family Partnerships
    • Strong LEA/School Relationship
    • LEA Policy Framework

    For more information on the SWIFT Center, visit 
    swiftschools.org


  • Dan Habib on Al Jazeera's "The Stream"

    The Al Jazeera television show "The Stream" invited Dan Habib on the program to discuss inclusive education for its international audience. It was a lively discussion, with a great deal of Twitter participation. You can watch/listen HERE.

  • Dan Habib Appointed to Obama's Disability Committee

    President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dan Habib to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the White House announced. 

    "The President's appointment of Dan to this important committee is testament to Dan's unwavering commitment to issues related to disability and the national impact of his work," said Institute on Disability director, Charles Drum. "His passion and talents will undoubtedly be significant contributions to the committee."

    Established by President Johnson in 1966, the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) aims to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities. The PCPID promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities.

    The committee’s duties include advising the President and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning the following for people with intellectual disabilities:

    -Expansion of educational opportunities;
    -Promotion of homeownership;
    -Assurance of workplace integration;
    -Improvement of transportation options;
    -Expansion of full access to community living;
    -Increasing access to assistive and universally designed technologies.

    “I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” said President Obama of Habib and the 19 other committee appointees he announced in a White House Press Release.

    To read an additional article about the appointment in the Concord Monitor, click HERE.

  • "Including Samuel" - Six Years Later

    Viewers of Including Samuel may be wondering how Samuel is doing, six years after the release of the film. Check out the Spring issue of the Institute on Disability's "Vision & Voice" to read the latest on Including Samuel & Dan Habib, as well as updates from Samuel, filmed while recently speaking to New Hampshire Leadership Series participants. To read the article, click HERE

  • Dan Habib TEDx Talk: Disabling Segregation



    You might be surprised by the most compelling reason filmmaker Dan Habib makes for inclusive education in his TEDx AmoskeagMillyard talk (Hint: it's not about his son, Samuel!)

    The U.S. Department of Education reports that 56% of U.S. students with developmental or intellectual disabilities spend their entire day in special education classrooms.

    Habib (creator of the documentary films Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey?) used his 18-minute TEDx talk to make a powerful case for ending the systemic segregation of students with disabilities.

    TEDx events are independently produced and based on the TED agenda "to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation."

    Watch the video HERE and please share it with your social and professional networks!

  • Dan Habib receives National Justice Award

    The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognized IOD Filmmaker in Residence Dan Habib with their Justice for All Grassroots Award at their Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary event on July 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

    Habib was recognized for his advocacy through his films Including SamuelWho Cares About Kelsey?, and most recently Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories.

    “Telling disability stories and advocating through the method of film attracts an audience and truly helps change and shape public opinion to a more positive place with respect to disability,” said Mark Perriello, President and CEO of AAPD.

    AAPD seeks to honor individuals who understand the concerns of the disability community, to recognize the work that needs to be done in order to achieve equal access for all Americans, and to promote the power that lies within the disability community. The Justice for All Grassroots Award, given annually by AAPD as part of celebrations around the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), recognizes the recipient’s work advancing the vision of the ADA as well as his or her advocacy on behalf of Americans with disabilities.

    The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation’s largest disability rights organization, promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

  • "Including Samuel" Broadcast in Taiwan

    Including Samuel will be broadcast in Taiwan on May 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM as part of a documentary series entitled "Theme Night." Topics explored on "Theme Night" include current affairs, global trends, and history, with documentaries featured from around the world. Following the screening of Including Samuel, the host of the program will have a conversation with an educational specialist to discuss inclusive education for all children with disabilities. Click HERE to visit a link for "Theme Night" (in Chinese) and to view a list of the various documentaries being aired in the series. 

  • Samuel Habib and his dog-training adventure

    Samuel Habib has chronicled the story of his new service dog, Proton, and his dog-training adventure in a story for the Concord Monitor. To read the article, click HERE.

  • "Including Samuel" to screen at Bosifest International Film Festival

    Including Samuel has been selected to screen at the Third Belgrade International Bosifest Film Festival held May 21-23, 2012 in Serbia. This year's festival theme is "Do Not Call Me Special" and features approximately forty films from around the world focusing on the topic of life and creativity of people with disabilities. The screening of Including Samuel will take place on May 21 at 3:00 PM. Visit the Bosifest website for more information on the festival and programming.

  • The Inclusive Classroom - SpecialNeeds TalkRadio Interview

    Dan Habib is interviewed by Nicole Eredics on SpecialNeeds TalkRadio and discusses "The Inclusive Classroom." The interview is available as a free download on iTunes (under Podcasts - The Inclusive Classroom Radio Show 02/17/2012) or can be heard HERE.

  • "I am Norm" Inclusive Schools Week

    Check out these great photos from "I am Norm" youth leader Malia Rappaport from her school's "I am Norm" Day!

    To see the photos, click HERE.

  • Atlanta Public Schools and "Including Samuel" screening

    As part of the week celebration, Atlanta Public School's Department of Special Education is inviting the community to attend the screening of the photojournalist Dan Habib's documentary, Including Samuel. For more information, click HERE

  • I am Norm and Inclusive Schools Week

    Join I am Norm (www.iamnorm.org) and The Inclusive Schools Network to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week, December 5-9! We all know that one week a year is not enough to make our schools fully inclusive, so be sure to take full advantage of this annual event, and host an event that will be impossible to ignore. Need ideas of how to celebrate? Be sure to download the 2011 Inclusive Schools Week Celebration Kit containing activities for teachers, parents and students alike!


    Or, join schools throughout the country and host your own I am Norm Day! Visit the I am Norm Resources page for all of the tools you'll need to help your school community redefine normal and promote inclusion.


    Don't forget to download your very own "Norm-tag" and wear it proudly to tell the world how YOU are unique!


    Help us redefine normal and promote inclusion every day of the year. For more information or ideas of how to celebrate, please contact I am Norm's project manager, Katherine Vroman (katherinevroman@iamnorm.org).

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