Congratulations to Nikki Hashani and Hannah Hansen on winning 2nd place for their film “The Path to Integration” which features the Abilities United After-School Socialization students and staff!  All of us at Abilities United thank Nikki and Hannah  for their volunteer work with the After-School Socialization program and for selecting us to be the topic of their award winning movie. Their experience working with the the program motivated them to create their 10 minute movie “The Path to Integration”.  

We love the final results of their movie but more importantly their film community loves it too.  The two students from Mountain View/Los Altos High Schools’ Freestyle Academy submitted their film to the Fifth Annual Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest).  They were selected from 300 entries to participate in the semi-final judging held at the Camera 12 Cinemas held Saturday, April 28, 2012.  Thirteen of the films made it to the semi-finals and “The Path to Integration, won second place!  

Clearly, their movie, which features the Abilities United After-School Socialization educational resources for students with disabilities, impressed the judges and audience. Nikki and Hannah will share the $6,000 award was shared with Mountain View/Los Altos High Schools’ Freestyle Academy and Abilities United of Palo Alto.

So, Nikki and Hannah, thank you for your volunteer work, your promotion of Abilities United and children who receive services, and for your $2,000 donation!

We also hear that Nikki and Hannah will submit their movie to the Palo Alto Independent Film Festival so check back for updates on the success of this very talented team of film makers!

We’ll post the video online when it is available but until then you can learn more at

Until then, here is MarketWatch story about the SI Doc Festival and the winners…

Submitted by Wendy Kuehnl, Marketing Director