A Documentary by Dan Habib
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Dan Habib releases "Keeping Families Together" highlighting the work of START in Arkansas

Mar 23, 2015


Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability, recently released a short documentary film called Keeping Families Together. Habib’s film tells the stories of two families whose lives have been transformed with help from ArkSTART and its partner organizations.

The Arkansas Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment (START) project, known as ArkSTART, was launched by the Developmental Disabilities Cooperative of Arkansas as a small regional pilot initiative in September 2011. It is now expanding statewide, and is part of a national initiative that improves service efficiency and outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs in the community. 

The short documentary film features the stories of two individuals who are supported by ArkSTART—Jonathan Smith and Ashley Jackson—along with the voices of family and community members, and ArkSTART staff. The film paints a compelling picture of the philosophy, practices, goals, and impact of the START approach. 

To view the film, click HERE.

To read the press release regarding the film's release, click HERE.