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DisABILITY In Media Educating, integrating and including people with disabilities within the entertainment, news media, and sports industries. There were 160 people in attendance.

Page moderated by Becky Curran Kekula. Americans with disabilities remain virtually invisible in the media. As NPR’s Daniel Schorr notes: “If you don’t exist in the media, for all practical purposes, you don’t exist.”

Like other marginalized diversity groups, people with disabilities want to see people representative of them on television, film and in all forms of media that has the power to shat

ter myths. Our industry creates and exports media images on large, small and personal screens, and those images impact attitudes around the world. Instead of assumptions we are excited with this opportunity to educate the industry about the accessibility and accommodation rights and needs of performers with disabilities and how to address them. Performers with disabilities want to see changes in audition and employment practices so that the results reflect the industry’s commitment to eliminate stereotyping in casting and to “more accurately portray the American Scene.”

In honor of Disability Awareness Month, in October of 2011, we hosted a successful panel titled “Redefining DisABILITY In The Media” that took place at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. Our interactive panel included Robert David Hall from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," RJ Mitte from "Breaking Bad," Danny Woodburn from “Seinfeld,” Lauren Potter from "Glee,” Teal Sherer and Kim Evey from the web series “The Guild," Chris Thornton, who wrote and stars in "Sympathy For Delicious," Rebekah and Joshua Weigel from "The Butterfly Circus," Eileen Grubba from "Hung," and Noam Dromi, who wrote "Dolphin Tale." In October 2012, we co-hosted another dynamic panel event titled “Embracing Differences in the Media” which included Robert David Hall from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," RJ Mitte from "Breaking Bad," Mia Schaikewitz from “Push Girls,” Mark Povinelli from “Mirror, Mirror,” Tobias Forrest from “The Sessions,” Lynn Manning from Watts Village Theater Company, and Chauntal Lewis from Believe and Become. These events continue to raise awareness about improved portrayals and increased employment opportunities of professionals and talented artists with disabilities both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

01/11/2024

Individuals with disabilities can enrich astronaut teams and herald a more inclusive future in space exploration

01/09/2024

Last night at the Golden Globes, Aria Mia Loberti made history as the first legally blind actress to walk the red carpet with her guide dog. Loberti stars in the Golden Globe nominated limited series All the Light We Cannot See. She discussed the importance of authentic representation in film and TV, saying “This is the first time in history we’ve had authentic representation for a character in a film of this size, it was my honor to represent my community and my culture. It’s never been done before, and that’s a really big responsibility.” Representation matters, and Aria Mia Loberti is paving the way for more inclusion in Hollywood.

Read more here: https://ew.com/golden-globes-2024-all-the-light-we-cannot-see-star-aria-mia-loberti-red-carpet-guide-dog-8423341

Image description: Aria Mia Loberti and her guide dog who is a black Labrador retriever are posing on the red carpet in front of a sign that reads 'Golden Globes.'

01/07/2024

Employers: Connect with job seekers with disabilities!
Register to recruit at the virtual Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities happening February 28, 2024!

Recruiting Organizations will receive:
- Access to qualified candidates with disabilities sourced from over 100 organizations including colleges and universities, and public and private vocational rehabilitation agencies
- Two pre-event live webinar trainings for your recruiters on "Disability Etiquette" and "Interviewing Candidates with Disabilities"
- Access to candidate resumes
- and more!

For more information and to register: https://workwithoutlimits.org/career-fair-for-individuals-with-disabilities/
Join these organizations recruiting at the Career Fair: https://workwithoutlimits.org/career-fair-for-individuals-with-disabilities/2024-career-fair-recruiters/

01/04/2024

Starting the year off right, Disability:IN is thrilled to share our updated Corporate Disability Stock Photography, providing a refreshed collection of -inclusive images that authentically depict professionals in the workplace in an affirming manner.

Shot by Jordan Nicholson, we encourage you to explore and download the high-resolution stock photos at https://disabilityin.org/resource/corporate-disability-stock-photography/

Thank you again to the many incredible members of Disability:IN's Corporate Partner community for participating. It was fantastic to have so many diverse experiences represented during the shoot!

[ID: Three colleagues converse in a meeting room. One stands with his white cane in one arm. Beside him, a young woman sits holding a fidget toy next to a woman who is using a wheelchair. In front, a white banner header with dark blue text, Corporate Disability Stock Photography Collection. In front, Dark blue banner with a white border at the bottom with white text, Explore the updated collection DisabilityIN.Org/Resource/Corporate-Disability-Stock-Photography. On the bottom right is a white Disability:IN logo.]

12/16/2023

If you are Doctor Who fan, you may have noticed that the Tardis has gotten an accessibility upgrade. A wheelchair-friendly ramp attached to the Time Lord’s space craft was unveiled during the third episode of the BBC sci-fi drama’s 60th anniversary specials.⁣⁣
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We are also introduced to UNIT Scientific Advisor Shirley Anne Bingham. Played by wheelchair user Ruth Madeley, Shirley’s chair is equipped with dart guns and even a rocket launcher. ⁣

12/12/2023

Meet Ollie P
Ollie has been nominated for being a superstar on the basketball court and the racetrack.

What are you proudest of Ollie?
“This is my first season playing in the BWB Premier league and this year I was really proud to be selected to train and play for a GB A mens team at a British Wheelchair Basketball development tournament. I was pleased to remain on the talent pathways for both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair racing. “

🦽 What Chair do you use Ollie?
“I currently have an RGK Elite for wheelchair basketball. As a made to measure chair it has helped me to continue to develop my game, with the speed and agility it gives me on court.”

https://ow.ly/Lsml50QgKK5

12/09/2023

🎬 Calling all male talent with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as neurodiverse actors! The casting director for the upcoming motion picture "The Dancing Tree" is seeking applications for the lead role of Taylor Hearne. Deadline for submissions is Dec 15th 👉 https://brnw.ch/21wF9tB

12/06/2023
11/15/2023

“An undisputed champion.”
Travis Mills’ is an overcomer, and we are so excited to see “author” added to his long list of accomplishments. Jocko Willink wrote the foreword for Travis’ latest book, Bounce Back, and recently had Travis on his podcast. We can’t think of a better way to spend Veterans Day than listening to these two military heroes who are sure to inspire you.
Listen to the podcast | https://bit.ly/TravisandJockoPodcast
Purchase a copy of Bounce Back | bit.ly/TravisBounceBack

11/07/2023

The residency will explore how the integration of d/Deaf and disabled artists offers new insights into Shakespeare’s texts.

11/06/2023

After suffering an incomplete spinal cord injury in 2015, Kevin Hoyt had to give up running, but thanks to a grant from the Kelly Brush Foundation, he is still active on the slopes.

11/01/2023

Disability:IN does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, and marital status. Disability:IN highly encourages students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, women, and veterans to apply for our programs.

10/28/2023

Megan Gioffreda was the first to learn she’d made the U.S. team that will travel to Chile for the 2023 Parapan American Games next month.She naturally assumed her older brother Connor, a fellow swimmer who lives at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Trainin...

10/23/2023

𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 - If you missed last night's webinar, don't worry - we recorded it. You can listen to the recording here: https://vimeo.com/878027154/95d15ea032?share=copy

🌟 𝐖𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭! 🌟

Join us for our webinar 𝑭𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝑻𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 on 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝟖 𝐩𝐦 𝐄𝐃𝐓/𝟓 𝐩𝐦 𝐏𝐃𝐓 that will empower LP professionals with self-awareness, self-advocacy, and acceptance in the workplace.

Our incredible panelists are ready to inspire and share their journeys:
🔹 Jennifer Crumly: Jennifer is a CMC Regulatory Affairs Sr. Associate at a gene therapy biotech company. She has 20 years of combined pharmaceutical and biotech experience in early-stage research and development and research to clinical-stage Regulatory CMC. She was also elected as co-chair of her company’s Disability EIG in the fall of 2022. She has her B.Sc. in communications and is currently enrolled in the advanced bioscience program at Berkeley. She loves cats, champagne, and traveling the globe. 🧬✨
🔹 Alex Foos: Alex is a Senior HR Lead with a BS in business administration from the University of the Pacific. Alex has over nine years of professional experience working across talent strategy, employee engagement, and workforce planning, with six years spent supporting a global enterprise client in Amazon's fast-growing cloud business. Alex will be starting a new role with Boeing later this month, tasked with resource management duties for three sites in the Puget Sound area. ✈️🌟
🔹 Katelyn Fowler: Katelyn is a lifelong LPA member and kindergarten teacher, eager to share her experiences with other LPs. 📚🍎
🔹 Rob Lillie: Rob has always been fascinated with construction equipment since he was a kid and began running equipment at a young age. He knew it was what he would do when he got older, not allowing anything to stop him from achieving his dream. Operating heavy equipment has its challenges, especially for someone with dwarfism, but he can’t imagine doing anything else. He doesn’t allow his dwarfism to get in the way of getting the job done; he just finds different ways to do things! 🚜💪

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn and engage with our panelists. 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐎𝐖: https://bit.ly/3s31Bw4

10/22/2023

BOSTON (WHDH) - As tens of thousands of rowers descend on the Charles River for the Head of the Charles Regatta, a father-son duo haveRead More

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