Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Inclusion: A Civil Rights Issue

I was invited to attend the Boston film premiere of, "Including Samuel," tonight at my Alma Mater, the University of Massachusetts at Boston. The University's Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) screened this important film by photojournalist Dan Habib, who explores social and educational inclusion of youth with disabilities as a Civil Rights issue.

It was an incredible film to watch - touching, yet truthful. It deals with the complex issues that families of children with disabilities face in trying to give their children the best opportunities to learn, while at the same time "keeping their spirit intact." The movie takes viewers on a journey into the personal world of five families who are struggling with this balance.

You can read my complete review of the movie, along with interviews by filmmaker Dan Habib (left), and Cindy Thomas, the Coordinator of Employment, Training and Technical Assistance at the UMass ICI, in the December issue of Solutions e-Magazine at Hire Disability Solutions.

"Including Samuel" has premiered in Washington DC, Portsmouth NH, Boston, MA (today), and will be coming soon to Seattle, WA, New York City, NY, and other locations across the country.
For more information and resources on inclusion, please visit Including Samuel or The Institute for Community Inclusion.