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Dan Habib receives National Justice Award

by | Jul 26, 2013

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognized IOD Filmmaker in Residence Dan Habib with their Justice for All Grassroots Award at their Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary event on July 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Habib was recognized for his advocacy through his films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, and most recently Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories.

“Telling disability stories and advocating through the method of film attracts an audience and truly helps change and shape public opinion to a more positive place with respect to disability,” said Mark Perriello, President and CEO of AAPD.

AAPD seeks to honor individuals who understand the concerns of the disability community, to recognize the work that needs to be done in order to achieve equal access for all Americans, and to promote the power that lies within the disability community. The Justice for All Grassroots Award, given annually by AAPD as part of celebrations around the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), recognizes the recipient’s work advancing the vision of the ADA as well as his or her advocacy on behalf of Americans with disabilities.

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation’s largest disability rights organization, promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

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