EVENT:  Documentary Filmmaker and Inclusion Advocate Dan Habib Explores Perceptions of Intelligence 

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib will screen a preview of his new film, a documentary with the working title of Intelligent Lives, followed by a discussion/Q&A. Habib will also screen and discuss his short film Thasya.
Naieer Shaheed ABOUT INTELLIGENT LIVES:  If Micah Fialka-Feldman or Naieer Shaheed were born in the early 20th century, their IQ scores would have led them toward institutionalization and involuntary sterilization. But today they are fully included in their schools and communities. Intelligent Lives explores how our narrow views of intelligence led to the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities, and how Micah (a Syracuse college co-teacher) and Naieer (a Boston high school student) embody a new paradigm of what it means to be human.
Narrated by Academy-award winning actor Chris Cooper, the preview also features a historical perspective on the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities. Currently in production, Intelligent Lives will be completed by fall 2017.

Thasya LumingkewasABOUT THASYA:  The short documentary film Thasya follows eight-year-old Thasya Lumingkewas, who has autism and thrives at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, N.H., where school staff has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This mini film highlights the power of presuming competence, differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication.
TIME, DATE, PLACE:  The film screenings and discussions will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 29, in the Genrich-Rusling Room of LeChase Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. LeChase Hall is located in the historic Wilson Quadrangle, between Todd Union and Wilson Commons. For directions click here or visit www.rochester.edu/maps. Parking and the event are free. For more information on the Feb. 29 event, please visit www.warner.rochester.edu.
WHO:  Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including SamuelWho Cares About Kelsey?Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker and project director at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. In 2012, Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and in 2013 he received the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In November 2013, Habib delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
EVENT SPONSOR:  The event is sponsored by the Institute for Innovative Transition (now the Center for Disability and Education), housed at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  For special accommodations or questions about the event, please contact the Institute for Innovative Transition at 585-275-2454 or transition@warner.rochester.edu.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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