Mr. Connolly Has ALS Screening & Discussion
Please join Rep. Annie Kuster (NH) along with Sens. Maggie Hassan (NH) and Patty Murray (WA - not in attendance) for the Washington D.C. premiere documentary viewing of Mr. Connolly Has ALS and discussion of the role of Medicaid funding to support inclusive K-12 education for students with disabilities. Refreshments will be served.
Panel Discussion Featuring
- Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02)
- Ally Connolly, Elementary School teacher and daughter of Gene Connolly
- Sue Swenson, President, Inclusive International; Former Acting Assistant Secretary, US Department of Education OSERS
- Dan Habib, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UCED)
Sasha Pudelski, Assistant Director of Policy & Advocacy, The School Superintendents Association
Senator Maggie Hassan
About the Film
Concord (NH) High School Principal Gene Connolly — a champion for inclusive education — was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2014. Documentary filmmaker Dan Habib watched his son Samuel have a conversation with Connolly . But neither spoke. Samuel and Connolly used hand gestures and communication devices— Samuel because of his cerebral palsy, and Connolly because ALS had taken away his ability to speak. Mr. Connolly Has ALS chronicles Connolly’s final year as principal of the school and features CHS students – including Habib's son Samuel – asking Connolly about the most profound and personal aspects relating to his life with the disease, his views on inclusive education, and what it feels like to become disabled. Watch the trailer.