For the parents of Samuel Habib, a 7-year-old with cerebral palsy, life is wrought with difficult questions. How can he run around on the playground if he can't run? How can he talk with his friends if he has trouble talking? How can he get a good education if he can't hold a pencil?
In an attempt to answer those questions, Samuel's father, photojournalist Daniel Habib, created an in-depth look at costs and benefits of including disabled youths in all facets of community life.
Habib will share the resulting award-winning documentary with the Hobart and William Smith community at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in Merritt Hall 200.
The film documents the everyday efforts of the Habib family and several similar families as they struggle with the issue of educational and social inclusion. Including interviews with teachers, parents, disability rights experts and young people, the film offers a gripping and personal look at the civil rights issues that surround this topic.
Habib has received national recognition for his documentary, including interviews NPR’s All Things Considered and favorable reviews in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. He is currently screening his video on campuses and theaters across the country. More information about the documentary is available at http://www.includingsamuel.com/.
Samuels mother Betsy McNamara is '87 WS alum
Sponsored by the HWS Education Department, this event is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be served.