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Who Cares About Kelsey? DVD Education Kit

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Dan Habib
75-minute documentary film plus trailers and mini-films
Close captioned and audio described
Educational Materials:
60+ pages of educational materials on enclosed CD

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The 75-minute documentary film Who Cares About Kelsey? features: 

  • Closed captioning
  • Audio description
  • Bleeped or Unbleeped versions
  • Long and short film trailers
  • over 60 pages of educational materials on an enclosed CD

*Questions about which package is right for you?  Click here for a product guide.  For more information about the film, visit www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com.  

Film Synopsis:

Kelsey Carroll has one goal- to graduate from high school- and plenty of reasons why she shouldn't.  She attends a school that had one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, abuse, self-mutilation, and ADHD.

During Kelsey's sophomore year, new school leadership implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and a youth-directed planning process called RENEW to improve the school's culture and reduce the dropout rate.

Who Cares About Kelsey? is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive "problem student" to a motivated and self-confident young woman.  Along the way, critical figures in her life play important roles in an education revolution that's about empowering- not overpowering- students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.

Mini Films:

In addition to the feature-length documentary Who Cares About Kelsey?, there are eleven short documentaries that illustrate a wide range of educational issues and evidence-based practices, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Universal Design for Learning, Cultural Responsiveness and more.


Thasya Lumingkewas, 8, has autism and thrives at Maple Wood Elementary with the support of her augmentative communication device.

thasya playing piano



A Missouri school addresses racial disparities, but struggles to include Marcel Parks, 8, whose mental health challenges lead to fits of violence.




A closer look at the transformation of Somersworth High School, site of Who Cares About Kelsey?, through PBIS.

students at Somersworth High School



In six separate films, incarcerated youth discuss their paths into the juvenile justice system, and the interventions that might have made a difference.

incarcerated youth



Axel is a fifth grader with autism who is non-verbal and exhibits significant behavioral challenges. Through effective communication supports, Axel was able to learn fifth grade general education curriculum in a general education classroom. Support for this film was provided by the National Center and State Collaborative.




Six individuals describe their experiences with restraint and seclusion in schools, and the devastating physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result. Visit StopHurtingKids.com to learn more about the campaign.

Restraint and Seclusion film group photo



The Education DVD Kit includes:

  • A license to use the DVD Kit materials for educational, instructional and institutional use, including password-protected streaming rights for classroom/course use only.  Providing general access to the film and/or charging admission is strictly prohibited.  
  • Who Cares About Kelsey? educational materials (60+ pages in digital format on an enclosed CD):
    • Discussion Guide for Who Cares About Kelsey?, as well as guides for mini-films
    • "What Works?": A series of 16 concise documents capturing best practices for supporting and including students with emotional/behavioral challenges and improving school culture
    • "Issues Facing Schools": A series of seven documents summarizing the key educational challenges represented in Who Cares About Kelsey? Project videos. 
    • Issues Summary, Statistics, Bibliography, Glossary of Key Terms/Acronyms
    • Access to exclusive online password-protected educational materials


Important Information

Education Kit Licensing

The Licensing for the Education Kits allows for unlimited viewing as long as it is for your organization's use. The film and accompanying materials can be uploaded onto a password protected server (like Blackboard) or they can be used to host public screenings as long as no admission fee is charged.


Directed and filmed by Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel)
Edited by Rose Rosenblatt and Diego Siragna
Original Music by Rick Baitz with additional music from The Kills and Jones Street Station
Produced by Dan Habib in collaboration with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

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