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    October 24, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                 October 23, 2017
    Contact: Billie Tooley
    Award-winning Documentarian, Dan Habib to Lecture on Barriers to the Intellectual Disabled, November 13th  at the Portsmouth Public Library
    The noted creator of award-winning documentary films on disability-related topics, Dan Habib, will give a lecture on “Disabling Segregation”, November 13th at 6 PM at the Portsmouth Public Library. 
    Hosted by One Sky Community Services, his lecture is part of a series of One Sky efforts to break down barriers to those with developmental/intellectual disabilities in fulfilling their dreams and becoming a valued member of their community. This lecture is open to the general public and all those who are affected by or work on behalf of developmental/intellectual disabilities.
    Dan Habib is the creator of many award-winning documentary films, such as, “Including Samuel”, “Who Cares About Kelsey?”, Mr. Connolly Has ALS” and many short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and is currently working on a new documentary examining our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. Both “Including Samuel” and “Who Cares About Kelsey?” have aired on public television and were nominated for Emmys. “Including Samuel” has been translated into 17 languages and is used as a teaching tool worldwide.
    In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photographer 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 work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and the New York Times. In 2014, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities which promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
    “One Sky Community Services is very pleased that Dan Habib has consented to be a part of our community effort to improve and expand the opportunities for those we serve.  I am sure that his lecture will not only serve to enlighten but encourage others to become part of the effort,” stated Chris Muns, CEO of One Sky Community Services.
    One Sky has been serving those with intellectual/developmental disabilities throughout most of Rockingham County for over 34 years and is making strides in effectively communicating to all levels of the New Hampshire population, including the business community that individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities need to be viewed in a different light and forgo the misconceptions that have dogged them for years.  They possess abilities and skills that can compete in the workforce and make valued contributions to their community.
    The lecture will be preceded by One Sky’s Annual Meeting at 5 PM in the same location. The meeting is open to all One Sky clients and families, as well as the general public.
    For further information or questions, please call Billie Tooley, One Sky Community Services at 603-436-6111.
    One Sky Community Services is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders live rich and fulfilling lives as members of their community. Based in Portsmouth, One Sky serves about 1,200 individuals and their families throughout mot of Rockingham County.  www.oneskyservices.org
    Billie Tooley, Director of Outreach and Development
    (603) 436-6111