Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on
disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of
New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He is currently working on a
new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.
Including Samuel was broadcast nationally on public television stations in the fall of 2009, and Who Cares about Kelsey? aired on public television in the Fall of 2013. Both films were nominated for Emmy awards. Including Samuel has
been translated into 17 languages and is used as a teaching tool
worldwide. Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the
photography editor of the Concord Monitor (NH).
In 2006 and 2008 Dan Habib was named the
national Photography Editor of the Year and has been a judge of the
Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. He is a six-time New
Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared
in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times.
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 he
delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of
inclusion to students without disabilities, and in 2014 he 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.
Dan and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire with their sons Isaiah, 21, and Samuel, 18.