Dan Habib (pronounced ‘Habeeb’) is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and many other short films on disability-related topics.
Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.
Habib has screened his films hundreds of times at universities, national conferences and independent theatres. His films have been used as a catalyst for inclusive education and disability rights across the country and internationally. Including Samuel was broadcast nationwide on public television stations in Fall 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. Including Samuel has also been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Good Morning America,” and won the Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The DVD contains 17 language translations.
Who Cares About Kelsey? was recently featured in Education Week and has been screened at 11 film festivals, winning “Best Feature Film” at the Lights.Camera.Help. Film Festival.
Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord (NH) Monitor. In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and he 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, Habib delivered a TEDx talk on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities.
Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire with their sons Isaiah,17, and Samuel,14.