The Center for Community Inclusion at LIU Post is hosting a free screening of “Intelligent Lives,” which features three young American adults with intellectual disabilities — Micah, Naieer and Naomie — who challenge prevailing perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workplace.
Long Island premiere of “Intelligent Lives” and panel discussion after the screening featuring the documentary film’s director, Dan Habib, will be held at LIU Post Lecture Hall, Hillwood Commons, 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville on Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The film’s narrator is Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper.
“People with intellectual disabilities are the most segregated of all Americans,” says Habib, the film’s New Hampshire-based producer, director and cinematographer. “Only 17 percent of students with intellectual disabilities are included in regular education. Just 40 percent will graduate from high school. And of the 6.5 million Americans with intellectual disability, barely 15 percent are employed.”
In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
To reserve free tickets, email LIEearlyChildhoodDC@liu.edu or call 516-413-8229.