Student Leadership Summit – Guest Speakers Dan & Samuel Habib
October 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Join us as we learn about the power of the Unified movement from a father and son duo, Dan and Samuel Habib. Dan & Samuel are globally known for their advocacy on inclusion and are here to tell us their story. Register by October 26 as spots are limited!
Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films “Including Samuel,” “Who Cares About Kelsey?” and “Mr. Connolly Has ALS” as well as many other films on disability-related topics. He is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and has recently released his newest documentary, “Intelligent Lives,” which examines our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. The “Intelligent Lives” project also includes four short films focusing on effective practices in transition for youth with disabilities from high school to higher education and employment.
Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association and the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, NH, with their sons Isaiah, 24, and Samuel, 20.
Samuel Habib is a high school graduate and community college student currently pursuing a career as a multimedia storyteller. He interned at the local community access television station in Concord, NH, and had a paid job at a video production studio. In 2016, his film about disability rights leader Judith Heumann was featured in the Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival in Moscow, Russia. Samuel also helped Dan create the nationally-broadcast film “Mr. Connolly Has ALS.” Samuel uses a wheelchair for mobility and a communication device (as well as his voice) to express himself. In addition to exploring his current and future academic and career options, Samuel also navigates significant, chronic health challenges.