VALHALLA, N.Y. -- The Lower Hudson Valley Special Education Task Force, a regional affiliate of the New York State Special Education Task Force, will hold its next training and discussion event on Friday, Dec. 18 in the auditorium of the Westchester Institute for Human Development in Valhalla from 9 - 11 a.m.
The presentation will include a screening of the documentary “Including Samuel” (2007) and a discussion on meaningful inclusion presented by the film's writer and director Dan Habib, who will be discussing his film and how to make inclusion work for students with disabilities.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates that students with disabilities be educated to the maximum extent appropriate with typical peers, but too often students remain overly segregated. The award-winning film portrays the Habib family’s journey to include Samuel in every facet of their lives and have him participate in an inclusive educational program.
The film also describes the experience of four other families. It captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion. Habib is also the creator of "Who Cares About Kelsey?", a film about serving students with behavior and emotional disabilities and "Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories."
Parents, teachers, special educators, psychologists, school personnel and other professionals are encouraged to attend.
The auditorium of the Westchester Institute for Human Development is at 20 Hospital Service Road South, Cedarwood Hall, Valhalla.