Libraries, D-96 to celebrate Inclusion Awareness Week

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 1:12 p.m. CDT

With the help of local libraries and School District 96, the Riverside Area Inclusion Network (RAIN) will promote Inclusion Awareness Week in the community with film screenings and story times for kids.

RAIN, a local group that promotes inclusion and supports families of children with disabilities, will lead Inclusion Awareness Week from Dec. 2 through 6.

Events include the screening of the award-winning documentary “Including Samuel,” which will be screened at the Brookfield Public Library at 7 p.m. Dec. 2; at The North Riverside Public Library at 6 p.m. Dec. 3; and at the Riverside Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

“Including Samuel,” a film by photojournalist Daniel Habib, chronicles the Habib family and other families as they share their experiences raising children with disabilities. The film is appropriate for all ages and includes interviews with disability rights leaders, educators and others.

Additionally, students in District 96 will either read or watch the video of the Dr. Seuss story, “The Sneetches.” The story promotes the message that people should not be judged by how they look. Students will then discuss the lessons they learned and participate in classroom activities prepared by RAIN.

Students will also participate in a Mix It Up Day, when students will be allowed to wear whatever they want to school. The day shows students how, even if they look different on the outside, they are more alike than different on the inside.

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