FROM THE DIRECTOR

  • 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).

  • Inclusion: The Right Thing for All Students

    Check out this great op-ed by my colleague Cheryl Jorgensen on a website run by the NYT and WNYC regarding a story on inclusive education - or lack thereof - in NYC.

    Te read the article, click HERE.

  • Samuel and "Saving Songbirds"

    Samuel and his bird-watching buddy Joyce Mamos are featured in the documentary "Saving Songbirds" on NHPTV. The program airs October 20 at 4:00 AM, October 22 at 4:30 AM and October 24 at 9:00 PM.

    Nearly half of New Hampshire's breeding bird species are in decline, many of them migratory songbirds that winter in Central and South America. Avid bird watchers Samuel Habib of Concord and Andrea LeBlanc of Lee show the personal side of why the survival of songbirds is so important to us all. Travel with outdoor adventurer and host Willem Lange as he takes us from New England to Costa Rica and Jamaica to meet these colorful and melodic birds and the people who are dedicated to "Saving Songbirds."

    For more information, click HERE.

  • A Voice for New Hampshire's Health

    Dan Habib's film work is featured in a new video, A Voice for New Hampshire's Health,which documents the first decade of work at the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation. The Endowment for Health has been a major supporter of Habib's projects at the Institute on Disability at UNH. The video features New Hampshire health policy notables, and profiles several key projects such as work in public policy and advocacy, supporting vulnerable populations, and sustaining the safety net.

    To watch A Voice for New Hampshire's Health,click HERE.

  • SAGE Mitsubishi Inclusion Request for Proposals

    The Tarjan Center at the University of California Los Angeles, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has partnered with the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) to support inclusive, student-run businesses. The Tarjan Center will provide small grants to help teachers include students with and without disabilities in socially responsible student-run businesses. The teachers/schools selected will help uncover best practices for including all students in entrepreneur leadership activities.

    Awardees will receive up to $2500 per year (for two years) along with a video camera, and other exciting promotional materials. All businesses must include students both with and without disabilities. We are open to schools/student teams that have a great idea for a socially responsible business, and are looking for resources to make that idea a reality. We’re also open to more established student run businesses that would now like to integrate students with disabilities or elements of social responsibility. Application deadline is October 14, 2011. Any program that serves secondary-age students (school, afterschool program, etc.) within the U.S. is eligible to apply. To learn more about the application, visit: http://bit.ly/qtnA3a 

    Contact Karen Leventhal, Director of the Tarjan Center Service Inclusion Project, for more information at 310-825-0067 or kleventhal@mednet.ucla.edu

  • Note from Angie in Minnesota

    Dan,

    My family and I attended a screening of Including Samuel at my daughter Ruby's school in Lakeville, MN. Ruby has a rare genetic disorder, and like Alana's mother, I was told at birth that she wouldn't walk, talk or do much of anything worth anything. Today, at the age of 5, my daughter does all of those things and so much more -- because she has been included in every way possible.

    Including Samuel was amazing in so many ways. I was so touched when Betsy said, "I don't want to be his therapist, I want to be his mom." I struggle with that daily and hearing another mother express that in such a straightforward manner was empowering for me. I'm not alone! I have a choice!

    My parents and sister attended the movie and we all talked about it for a good 2 hours over dinner afterward. They now have a better understanding of what it's like to be me. And they better understand their role in including Ruby.

    Thank you for creating this movie and for showing thousands of people how important inclusion is for people with disabilities. You've inspired me to take a more proactive role in educating others and to push for inclusion in every way that I can for my daughter.
     

    Best wishes to you and your AMAZING family!

    Angie

  • Note from a UK "Including Samuel" fan

    A note from Including Samuel fan, Theresa from the UK:

    I just watched your film on TV and have to say thank you for making it. I wish every school practised inclusion, but sadly they do not, especially so (in my experience anyway) in the UK where it seems that results and statistics and school league tables are far more important. 

    I do so hope that by watching documentaries such as yours, that education providers will come to realise that it is actually a win/win situation to have abled and disabled educated side by side, and that it enriches the lives of all concerned. After all, education is not just about reading, writing and arithmetic.

    Your sons are so cute, and Sam has a killer smile!

    Theresa

  • "Including Samuel" on RTE Ireland

    ‎"Including Samuel" will be broadcast on Ireland's RTE television station (RTE 1) on July 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM (the "midnight" showing on the evening of July 13th). For more information on RTE's programming, visit http://www.rte.ie/tv/.

  • IMPACT - Including Samuel: The Power of Youth

    The video "Including Samuel: The Power of Youth," brings us behind the scenes of a youth summit, inspired and co-organized by the film Including Samuel. What materializes from this summit is the "I am Norm" campaign, a youth-led national campaign for the full social and educational inclusion of people with disabilities. The eight-minute video is presented by the non-profit organization Working Films and The Fledgling Fund, and directed by Jeremy Levine of Transient Pictures.

    IMPACT is a series of videos created by Working Films and The Fledgling Fund focused on building film campaigns that ignite social change.

    To watch the video, click HERE

    To visit the "I am Norm" website, click HERE

    For more information on Working Films, the Fledgling Fund, and the IMPACT videos, go to http://workingfilms.org/impact and http://www.thefledglingfund.org/impact.

  • "Including Samuel" Greece screening

    Including Samuel has been selected to take part in a program entitled "How I Am: Challenging Perceptions," presented by the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece. 


    In honor of Special Olympics Athens 2011, the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is presenting a program dedicated to intellectual and developmental disabilities, curated by Elena Christopoulou. Thirty documentaries that deal with subjects such as autism spectrum disorders and the chromosomal disorders Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome will be screened as part of the tribute. The Festival will also organize a panel discussion on topics arising from the films, with film directors and members of various related organizations as participants.


    Including Samuel will be screened at the Pavlos Zannas Screening Room at the Olympion Theater, Platia Aristotelous, in Thessaloniki at 8:00 PM. For more information, click HERE. 

  • Young voices reflect on "Including Samuel"

    Students at a recent Including Samuel screening share their questions and comments:


    -“I don’t get what people’s problem is.  Samuel’s in a wheelchair…that kid’s short. What’s the big deal?”-Alyssa White, 6th grade


    -“If Samuel was put in another class with kids with disabilities only, would he change?”- 6th grade boy


    -“Has Samuel ever stuck up for Isaiah?”-7th grade girl


    -"If there was a cure, would you take it?”-8th grade boy


    -“If Samuel could have surgery, or could take a magic pill, would he do it?”-5th grade boy


    -“You don’t see older people with disabilities too often. Do they grow out of it?”-5th grade girl


    -“Just because they can’t do stuff, can’t walk and stuff, doesn’t mean they can’t do things with you, talk to you, play with you.”-7th grade girl


    -“It’s nice to have children with disabilities in our classrooms. I think it’s better for them and us to interact with them. Plus, I can relate because I have a sister with a disability so I know it is hard sometimes to have someone like this in your life.”-6th grade student


    -“I thought the movie was touching. It made me want to do something about it.”-6th grade student 


    -“We want to be treated just like everyone else in the school. It is hard for us to learn material, and our teachers go too quickly, but that does not mean that we are dumb or stupid. If we were Samuel, we would want people to be nice to us and treat us normal.” - 5th grade student


    -“It’s not hard to make friends with people who are different from yourself. All you have to do is be nice. Everyone wants to have friends and not be treated differently.” -4th grade student


    -“Good teachers are willing and passionate, they can reach all students. But not all teachers can.”-7th grade student


    -“Families don’t exclude. Isn’t school a big family?”-7th grade student


    -“If they pull him out constantly he can’t form friendships with other kids. Integrated schools help kids with disabilities have more friends and relationships. A disabled kid would feel he doesn’t belong if he’s constantly being pulled away from his friends.”-7th grade students


    -“Some classes, like math, can’t be taught to all kids—but all kids can listen.”-7
    th grade student


    -“I’d like to meet everyone in that film. They inspire me.”-7th grade student


    -“I feel bad because I know that I personally have not always looked at kids with disabilities as equal or the same. Obviously, they are different, but they are still the same despite their physical appearances. I always felt bad for them because I saw them as people that had no friends and kids who I wanted to be nice to, but not friends with. Now that I have watched this movie it has changed my perspective on people with disabilities.”- 7th grade student


    -“People should not be judged on what appears on the outside. It’s what’s inside that matters, even if your words or motions don’t come out the ‘right’ way.”-7th grade student


    -“You almost made me cry.” Why? “Keith Jones. Because he wanted a girlfriend and stuff.”-George, 6th grade student


  • "Including Samuel" website added to eGranary Digital Library

    The Including Samuel website has been added to the collection of the eGranary Digital Library, as well as the Global Disability Rights Library. The eGranary Digital Library - also known as "The Internet in a Box" - provides millions of digital educational resources to institutions lacking adequate internet access. Through a process of garnering permissions, copying Web sites, and delivering them to intranet Web servers inside their partner institutions in developing countries and other places around the globe, the library delivers millions of multimedia documents that can be instantly accessed by patrons over their local area networks at no cost. 


    The Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project is a global effort to enable disability rights advocates to transform society. The GDRL team is working to build a large collection of digital knowledge on disability rights and related topics. Later this year, this knowledge will be disseminated to 60 locations in developing countries where people have limited web access. Recipients can then use this knowledge in promoting human rights and fighting poverty among people with disabilities in their local communities.  


    For more information on the eGranary Digital Library, click HERE

    For more information on the Global Disability Rights Library, click HERE

  • "Including Samuel" featured on "Relate to Autism" website

    "Relate to Autism" is an online resource center that provides online tools and a range of resources to empower parents to make decisions about their children and learn to relate to autism. Including Samuel has been selected as one of the center's recommended products. The center is also sponsoring the World Autism Views Project which aims to give a voice to people everywhere so that researchers can design appropriate programs for children with autism. The project consists of a quick online survey, available in 32 languages, designed to capture cultural differences in attitudes to autism from around the world. To participate in the survey, click HERE

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