- B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan
Dan Habib is the creator of Including Samuel
and the new film Who Cares About Kelsey?
Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.
was broadcast nationwide on public television stations in Fall 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. 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. The DVD is now available with 17 language translations, closed captioning and audio description.
Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord (NH) Monitor. In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year for papers with a circulation under 100,000. He has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism and White House News Photographer's Association. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work, including extensive documentary work in China, has appeared in numerous publications, including Time
and the New York Times
Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire, with their sons Isaiah, 15, and Samuel, 12.
The National Center on Inclusive Education
(NCIE) at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability is a leader in the transformation of schools so that students of all abilities are successfully learning in their home schools within general education settings.
The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT)
Center offers school, states and districts the ability to build capacity to scale up and sustain new practices for schoolwide inclusive reform in urban, rural and high-need schools in grades K-8 for students with disabilities. The SWIFT Center focuses on improving the knowledge and skills of classroom educators to implement inclusive schoolwide reform; increases the capacity of schools to implement fully inclusive reform in academic, extracurricular, and school-based settings; and increases family and community engagement in schoolwide reform.
The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
is developing a multi‐state comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Institute on Disability is partnering with NCSC to assist with the professional development component, including short films highlighting the importance of communication for students with significant disabilities. The Inclusive Communities Project:
The Inclusive Communities Project at the IOD leverages the Institute’s expertise and the power of documentary film to promote greater acceptance and inclusion of children with disabilities in schools and communities. The Inclusive Communities Project is directed by the IOD’s Filmmaker in Residence, Dan Habib. Habib’s award-winning documentary film Including Samuel
is built on his family’s efforts to include Samuel, 12, who has cerebral palsy, in all facets of their lives--a journey that transforms each of them.
also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with teachers, parents, students and disability rights experts. Including Samuel
has become more than a film, however. It has evolved into a powerful tool to promote inclusive education, social change, disability rights and public awareness through curriculum, training and worldwide outreach. See the film trailer and read more at www.includingsamuel.com
Dan Habib's new film project Who Cares About Kelsey?
documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed while improving the overall school culture and climate. View the preview and learn more