"Including Samuel" Trailer
NEW DOCUMENTARY: INCLUDING SAMUEL
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of children with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib's award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family's hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.
There are over 6 million children in our country with disabilities significant enough to limit their access to public education. Although inclusion is an accepted best practice in special education, only about one half of students with disabilities are fully included in regular classrooms in the U.S.
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This award-winning documentary is NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD and will be broadcast across the nation on public television stations this fall.
The film has been screened at universities, national conferences and independent theatres across the country. Including Samuel has also been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," "Good Morning America," as well as in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. The film won the Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. It has also screened at the Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston International Film Festival, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Moscow International Disability Film Festival and won the Excellence Award from Superfest International Film Festival in Berkeley, CA. Mercy Corps, an international global aide agency, is translating the film into Arabic and will screen it throughout Iraq to support that country's nascent disability rights movement.
For more information, go to www.includingsamuel.com. Check out the new "Resources" section to download FREE cutting-edge articles, research, curriculum and essays, plus links to dozens of additional organizations and media.
"The film is an incredible resource for people who teach courses
about inclusion, who offer workshops about inclusion, and who just
want to learn about inclusion. It will also be very reassuring for parents."
Douglas Biklen, Dean, School of Education, Syracuse University
"Frankly, it goes beyond the realm of training teachers and parents of
kids with disabilities. It is training for anyone who lives on this planet."
Priscilla Baker, educator