Tuesday, December 1, 2009

SFUSD inclusion event

The 9th Annual Inclusive Schools Week will be held December 7-11, 2009. Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event that highlights the accomplishments of families, schools, and communities that have dedicated time, labor, and resources to promoting inclusive education for all of the world's children.

San Francisco Community Event and Dinner
Screening of the Documentary film "Including Samuel"
Monday, December 7th, 6-8 PM
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
4235-19th Street
Dinner will be provided.

For Inclusive Schools Week, we are screening the film "Including Samuel" (see more details below), an hour-long documentary about inclusive education.

This will be an informal event, just a chance for people to watch the film and discuss what they saw & how it may have changed the way they feel about inclusion. We will have a panel of parents and educators there to help answer any questions you may have about inclusion. We'd like to include all members of our community for this event, not only those with children in inclusion. If you don't know what inclusion means, this is a great place to find out! (Harvey Milk is an inclusion school). Please share this invitation to anyone who you think might be interested.

PLEASE RSVP by December 1, 2009 (or sooner!) so we can have an accurate head count for food and seating arrangements.

RSVP to Audrey Vernick
audvern@yahoo. com
415-377-1132 cell
(Mom to Bennett, a kindergartner at Harvey Milk in the Inclusion Program)

About the film:
This is a rare chance to see a wonderful film about what it means to have a child with special needs included in a typical school, and the impact it has on everyone involved.

"Including Samuel: 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."


watch a trailer of the film:


  1. Please go to Habib's website and get legal permission to do a public showing of this film.

  2. The cost is 180.00.

    Package Contents
    1 Including Samuel Education Kit, licensed for educational, instructional and institutional use.

  3. I posted this request on the thread below about inclusion placements, but since that's been pushed way down, I am reposting here. I am interested in hearing from parents of special ed kids (both RSP and inclusion) whose kids are or were in SF public middle school. How easy was it to get into the middle school of your choice? and What have been the pros and cons of having your kid in middle school? (On the last question, people don't need to mention specific schools if they don't want to. I just want to hear general observations, particularly as most of the public middle schools in the city are quite large and I'm wondering how special ed kids fair in them!)

  4. Hi Anonymous, I did contact Habib and his partner about the screening beforehand. I am a photojournalist and I well understand the value of intellectual property! Since this was a free event, there was no charge to show the film. Thanks for your concern.

  5. Thank you for posting this information about the screening. We had a pretty good turnout at the event (about 40 people, not bad for a Monday night). Sadly, this was the only 'Inclusive Schools Week' event in the entire SFUSD and I organized it (I'm just the mom of an inclusion kid; I love this film and wanted to share it with others). I wish the School District and the School Board would recognize and prioritize inclusion. I know that at our school (Harvey Milk) it's one of the best things about the school (at least that's what parents of typical kids tell me!). Maybe next year we can do more to raise awareness district-wide.

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  7. Too bad the school doesn't have a good inclusion teacher.

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