Hope Association is hosting a screening of the new documentary INTELLIGENT LIVES on
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Rumford, Maine at the Hope Association’s Main Office
located at 85 Lincoln Avenue – old Rumford Armory.
INTELLIGENT LIVES INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional story of his son, Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. The screening and discussion is FREE and open to the public. “People with intellectual disabilities are the most segregated of all Americans,” Habib says. “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.” INTELLIGENT LIVES is a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.
Hope Association has been providing services and supports to individuals with disabilities for over 60 years now. Many individuals that we have supported over the years have gone from 24/7/365 daily support to incredibly independent lives out in the community of their choosing. Come meet some of these incredible individuals and hear firsthand their stories that led to independent living.
Dan Habib is the director and producer of INTELLIGENT LIVES, and the creator of the award-winning documentaries Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS and many other films. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. His films have been broadcast internationally, nominated for Emmy awards and translated into 17 languages. Habib gave the TEDx talk, “Disabling Segregation” and received the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.