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Please join the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (LexSEPTA/LexSEPAC), the Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Committee, the Cary Library, Temple Isaiah, and the Lexington Venue for a screening of the film:

“Including Samuel” with discussion after the film moderated by Joe Petner, PhD


About the Film

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

The film has been screened at universities, national conferences, public television stations, and independent theaters 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. It has also screened at the Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston International Film Festival, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Moscow International Disability Film Festival, and won the “Excellence Award” from Superfest International Film Festival in Berkeley, CA. Film Website: https://www.includingsamuel.com/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6SRjD_9AnI.


About the Moderator

Dr. Joe Petner’s career in public education has spanned 51 years. He recently retired from his positions as Education Program Director, Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University, Wheelock College, and the Boston Teacher Residency Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As Principal of the Haggerty Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was involved in building a new school facility and the development of a whole school model of inclusion. Dr. Petner collaborated with filmmaker Dan Habib on his award-winning documentary Including Samuel.

In 1989 he became Principal of the Haggerty Elementary School, a position he retired from in July 2007. As an early childhood educator, he has served on the Cambridge Council for Children, the Cambridge Early Childhood Council, and the Kindergarten Entry Age Task Force.

Dr. Petner is currently working with the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education in the role of a support facilitator with the Statewide System of Support in the Greater Boston Region. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Federation for Children with Special Needs and is an Intergenerational Math Tutor for the Cambridge School Volunteers

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