The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion is proud to host a screening of two films by Dan and Samuel Habib: "Including Samuel" (1 hour) and "My Disability Roadmap" (30 minutes).

There will be a conversation with the film-makers following the film.

This event is free, and you must register to attend. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2023. 1:30pm to 4:30pm EST (Doors open at 1:00pm)

Where: You can attend in-person or online.
In person: University of Vermont, Davis Center, 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405.
Or online: This event will be live streamed.

Event Schedule

The in-person event will run from 1:30-4:30pm EST.

The doors to the event will open at 1pm, and you'll have a full half hour to find a seat and get settled. The full event will run until 4:30pm.

  • 1:00-1:30 Doors open, get settled, take your seats. 
  • 1:30-1:40 Opening remarks from the CDCI and the filmmakers
  • 1:40-2:40 Film 1: Including Samuel (56 minutes)
  • 2:40-3:00 Break. (20 minutes)
  • 3:00-3:30 Film 2: My Disability Roadmap (27 minutes with pre-audio description)
  • 3:30-4:30 Conversation with the filmmakers

Mask Policy

CDCI is requesting that all guests wear masks while attending this film event.

This is because masks help fight the spread of COVID-19, and other airborne illnesses. If you arrive without a mask, we will ask you to put one on, and we will have free disposable masks available for anyone who needs one. You may also be approached by event staff who will request that you wear a mask.

Film Accessibility

Available Accessibility Features of the Films

The two films will be shown at the Davis Center with both captions and audio description on. The lights will be dimmed as much as possible. If you would like to watch the films without captions or audio description, we can email you a link where you can watch the films online and control captions and audio description.

The Physical Location of the Event

This event is being held on the 4th floor of the Davis Center on the UVM campus. There is accessible parking in four nearby parking lots. The building has two sets of elevators. The ballroom itself seats 200 people, and we will reserve seating up front for people in wheelchairs and their carers. You are welcome to bring your service animal to the event. 

We will also have several small rooms outside the ballroom if you or a member of your party need to use a smaller, calmer space for decompression. There are also stuffed armchairs and a fireplace outside the ballroom.

About the Films

Synopsis of "My Disability Roadmap"

Samuel Habib is a 21-year-old community college student with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, living in Concord, New Hampshire. For his entire K-12 education, he was included in regular classes, learning alongside non-disabled peers. He attended high school prom, played sports, got his high school diploma, and he’s pursuing a degree at a local community college. He’s interested in journalism and film as a career.

But for Samuel and millions of other young adults with disabilities, the path beyond public school and into adulthood is a precarious maze. It’s difficult to meet new people and impossible to get his 350-pound wheelchair inside his friends’ homes and cars. He thrives on connection, but with his labored speech and use of a communication device, he can’t keep up with his fast-talking friends and family. He can have a seizure at any moment and requires 24/7 support, yet he wants to get married and have children someday. How to even start dating? “I want to figure out how to follow my dreams,” he says. “But no one tells you how to be an adult, let alone an adult with a disability.”

Samuel is struggling to navigate the ableist bias of the physical and social environment. But he’s determined to avoid the statistical realities for most adults with disabilities: unemployed, isolated, and living with their families—or in institutional settings. He decides to travel to meet some badass adults with disabilities and make a film that charts how they built full adult lives—as a roadmap for himself and others.

Code of Conduct

CDCI is dedicated to ensuring that our events and gatherings are an inclusive, respectful, productive, and harassment-free experience for everyone.

This is regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, physical or mental ability, color, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, marital status or partnership status, pregnancy or lactation status, religion or creed, status as a veteran or active military service member or any other basis protected by U.S. federal, state, or local laws.

  • Be kind to your own body, and to the bodies around you.
  • Please feel free to move around the event space freely as you attend to the needs of your body.
  • No one is watching you if you need to leave the space to go to the restroom, stretch, get some air, or simply decompress. Everyone is much more focused on their own bodies.
  • Unwrap and eat your snacks with our blessing. The wrapper might crinkle, but we need you to stay fed and well throughout.
  • If you prefer wearing noise-dampening or other types of headphones to the event, please feel free to do so.
  • Everybody brought a different kind of body to this event. Be respectful of other bodies and their needs and experiences.
  • Keep your hands off other bodies unless given explicit consent by another person. This includes not touching mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, and walkers, or headphones, all of which are extensions of another person’s body.
  • If you see a service animal at this event, that animal is hard at work. Please do not pet it or otherwise disturb it from doing its job without express invitation.

Is this event part of the VFN conference?

Our partnership with the 2023 VFN Conference

The Vermont Family Network’s 2023 Conference “Inclusion and Well-Being”, will also be held on Tuesday, April 11th at the UVM Dudley H. Davis Center from 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. EST.

VFN Executive Director, Jacqui Kelleher and Vermont Agency of Education guests, Betty Roy and Cassie Sant,o will start the day talking about “Building Inclusive Systems.” Then featured presenter Dr. Joelle van Lent, will focus on the “Well-Being and Resilience of Caregivers.” Families and helping professionals will learn practical strategies that can be used to buffer impact and increase the resilience of the care provider. For more information and to register please visit the VFN Annual Conference page.

Our film event is separate from the conference, and you will need to register for the conference and the film separately.


A middle-aged woman hugs a golden retriever in a service vest, in a dimly lit hospital room. In a bed next to her, lies a teenage boy in hospital gown and cap, unconscious. Text: "Nobody tells you how to be an adult, let alone an adult with a disability." Attributed to Samuel Habib.

A teenager in a wheelchair, with an adaptive communication device in front of him, meets the gaze of President Joe Biden, as onlookers watch and film them with their cameras.

Samuel Habib (co-director/camera)

Samuel Habib is an aspiring filmmaker and community college student, midway towards an associate degree in liberal arts. Samuel has been a Concord Monitor newspaper columnist, and has presented nationally on disability rights, inclusive education, and his educational and social transition to adulthood. Samuel uses a wheelchair for mobility and a communication device (as well as his voice) to express himself. Samuel also navigates significant, chronic health challenges due to his underlying GNAO1 Neurodevelopmental Disorder.

A teenager in a wheelchair sits in a warm front parlor next to an older woman in a wheelchair. He is smiling broadly, and she wears a bright purple shawl.

Dan Habib (director/producer/director of photography)

Dan Habib is the Director and Producer of the nationally broadcast (public television) documentary films Intelligent Lives, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS and Including Samuel, as well as many other short, disability- related films. His films have been featured in dozens of film festivals, translated into 17 languages, and used worldwide to support inclusive education and disability rights.

A teenager in a wheelchair sits on the balcony of a skyscraper with a young Black man in a wheelchair. Behind them, a masked man holds a boom mic over their heads.