Including Samuel

Author: Dan Habib
Grades: K-12

Before his son, Samuel, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now, he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s Emmy-nominated documentary film, Including Samuel, honestly chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents, and disability rights experts.

Including Samuel was broadcast nationwide on public television stations and has been screened in schools, universities, national conferences, and independent theaters across the country. The film was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” ABC News, and in The Washington Post.

Exceptional Parent magazine called it “a must-see film.”

The DVD features 17 language translations, closed captioning, audio description, and extensive extras. Including Samuel Education Kit includes the DVD and a 30-page full-color educational guide containing discussion questions, inclusion myths and realities, a teacher’s view on inclusion, a primer on language around disability, action ideas for you and your community, and more.

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