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A documentary film about three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence.
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    With Gratitude

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    Inclusion Advocate

    Choose a digital download of either Including Samuel or Who Cares About Kelsey?, Dan Habib’s other feature-length documentary films.

    Including Samuel, Habib’s first award-winning documentary film, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who experiences cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives.

    Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed—while improving the overall school culture and climate.

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    #ConnollyTough

    Receive a sneak peek download of Dan Habib’s latest, short documentary film, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, before its public release in 2018. The film chronicles Gene Connolly’s final year as principal of Concord High School and features CHS students asking Connolly about the most profound and personal aspects relating to his life with ALS.

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    Get the Poster

    Stayed tuned for the release of our Intelligent Lives poster, which will be unveiled during the Kickstarter campaign! After the campaign, you'll receive an 11" x 17" poster, signed by Dan Habib, to commemorate your involvement with bringing Intelligent Lives to life!

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    Get Naieer’s Artwork

    Choose between two reproductions of Naieer Shaheed’s original paintings (11” x 17” poster). Naieer is one of Intelligent Lives’ main characters.

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    Get Early Access

    Be among the first to see Intelligent Lives with a digital download!

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    Get Caught in the "Undercurrent"

    Receive a signed copy of "Undercurrent," the newly-released album by Grammy-nominated Reggae artist Matisyahu. Matisyahu is donating some of his music to the film based on his commitment to human rights.

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    Get to Know Jesse

    Receive a signed copy of Marianne Leone Cooper’s book, “Jesse: A Mother’s Story.” Originally published as “Knowing Jesse,” this “fine and moving” memoir (Los Angeles Times) by actress Marianne Leone tells the uplifting story of her son’s life. In fiercely honest, surprisingly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking prose, Leone chronicles her transformation by the remarkable life and untimely death of her child, who experienced cerebral palsy. “We know that kids like Jesse can have full, included lives and contribute meaningfully to their families and communities,” Leone says. “Intelligent Lives will help show that to the world.”

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    Get Empowered

    Receive a signed copy of LeDerick's book, "Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success." Told with the authentic voices of adults with hidden disabilities, this encouraging, eye-opening book will help you guide students on the Path to Disability Pride and support their success in the classroom and community. Co-authored with Margo Izzo, Ph.D and includes a forward written by Dan Habib.

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    Be a Virtual VIP

    Participate in a virtual screening of Intelligent Lives featuring a chat with Filmmaker and Producer Dan Habib and several people featured in the film.

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    You are Credit Worthy

    Show the world you’re committed to inclusion by having your name listed in the credits! Alternately, you may choose to include a brief dedication to a loved one.

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    Be a Change Agent

    Bring Intelligent Lives to your community! The screening toolkit (still in development) will include discussion guides, poster and invitation templates, a social media kit, sample press releases, still photos and videos, etc. For an example of a screening toolkit developed for one of Dan Habib’s previous films, please visit: http://www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/host-a-screening/host-a-screening-kit.

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    Virtual Visit from Dan Habib

    Dan Habib will speak to you or your class/organization/business, via Skype, for 30 minutes. What you discuss is up to you! Interested in talking about Intelligent Lives, inclusive education, or documentary filmmaking? Work with Dan and his assistant to identify what bests suits your needs and Dan’s diverse skill set.

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    Virtual Visit from LeDerick

    LeDerick will speak to you or your class/organization/business, via Skype, for 30 minutes. LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination and hope for people with disabilities. His workshops, keynote speeches, and performances reach thousands of students, teachers, legislators, policy makers, business leaders, and service providers each year.

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    Get Festival Fever

    Intelligent Lives will begin its film festival tour in spring 2018. Be a VIP at a festival along the way!

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    Dan and the Film Come to You

    Dan Habib is an experienced presenter who uses his films to lead discussions about the challenges and benefits of inclusive education and related topics across the country and internationally. With hundreds of screening events under his belt, Dan will work with you to develop a presentation to meet your business/organization/school’s needs. Choose to screen Intelligent Lives, and/or one of his previous films, Including Samuel or Who Cares About Kelsey?. (24 hour maximum travel time, travel expenses not included.)

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    LeDerick Comes to You

    LeDerick regularly addresses an array of academic, government, social, and business groups, including appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard University, and multiple State Departments of Education. His work addresses the challenges of all disabilities, uniting the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change. (24-hour maximum travel time, travel expenses not included.)

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    Be an Inclusion Champion

    Help end segregation, promote inclusion & increase opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities by being an Inclusion Champion! You’ll receive all the rewards listed above and be part of the movement to accept, value, and include ALL people in our schools, the workforce, and our communities.

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