USC Upstate News

Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities To Meet on USC Upstate Campus

10- 22- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will host a forum by the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities on Tuesday, October 27 in the Campus Life Center Ballroom from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

The Care to Be Aware community forum will feature Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet and USC Upstate’s Dr. Tina Herzberg, Director of the Special Education Visual Impairment Program, for a viewing and discussion of selections from the documentary Including Samuel.

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

Margaret Camp, Director of Disability Services and ADA Coordinator at USC Upstate, says “The film will be used as a springboard for discussion of  issues facing college students with disabilities, designed to be a frank and open discussion that will inform the Mayor’s Committee as they determine areas of focus for upcoming years.”

The event is free and food will be provided by the event sponsors, USC Upstate and the Upstate Workforce Investment Board. All college students in Spartanburg and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend.  

For further information, contact Natalia Valenzuela of the Upstate Workforce Investment Board and Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, at 864-562-4247 or Margaret Camp at 864-503-5199 or mcamp@uscupstate.edu.