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2022 Sundance Film Festival Shines the Spotlight on Authenticity and Accessibility

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2022-01-21
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Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 21 – With one-in-five people having a disability in the U.S. today, the lack of representation – just 2.3 percent of characters in the 100 top-grossing films of 2019 and 8 percent in family films – means that millions of people are unable to see themselves reflected in media.

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Newcomer Jeremy Hsing Sheds an Authentic Light on AAPI Intergenerational Mental Health Trauma in Iridescence

By Vanni Le / 2022-01-13
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Iridescence film poster.Los Angeles, CA, January 13 – When filmmaker Jeremy Hsing set out to create his first short film in the wake of the pandemic, his goal

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Ahead of Golden Globes, Shining a Spotlight on Disability-Inclusive Nominations

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2022-01-06
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A golden globe statue next to a screen with the logo for Golden Globe Awards and text reading 2022 nominationsLos Angeles, Jan. 6 – While the Golden Globes

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Netflix’s “All the Light We Cannot See” Authentically Casts Newcomer Aria Mia Loberti

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2021-12-09
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Zeno Mountain Farm Wins Media Access Award for Groundbreaking Film “Best Summer Ever”

By Mary McGill Lucas / 2021-12-09
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Rickey Alexander Wilson and Shannon DeVido singing in a scene from Best Summer Ever. Logo for the film.Los Angeles, Dec. 9 – Zeno Mountain Farm continues to welcome honors

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Spreading Awareness of CRPS Through CRPS Awareness Month

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2021-11-24
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Los Angeles, Nov. 24 – In March

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month by Embracing Your Intersectional Identities

By Mary McGill Lucas / 2021-11-24
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Los Angeles, Nov. 24 – November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It is important to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people, including those who

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Actor, Director, Professional Athlete, and RespectAbility Lab Alumnus Kurt Yaeger Uses His Platform on Netflix Series “Another Life” to Advocate for Authentic Disability Representation On-Screen

By Laquana Lightfoot / 2021-11-11
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Kurt Yaeger and Tongayi Chirisa speak with each other in a hallway

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New Documentary Film This is Not About Me Demonstrates Clear Need For Better Support of Non-Verbal Students in Today’s Educational Systems

By Laquana Lightfoot / 2021-10-26
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Subject of Film Jordyn Zimmerman, Also Serves on RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers and Training Bureau

Jordyn Zimmerman smilingNew York City, Oct. 26 – Communication is an essential part

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AMC Theaters to Offer Weekly Open Caption Showtimes

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2021-10-13
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Exciting news from AMC Theatres, who will now permanently offer some Open Caption showtimes each week. According to its CEO Adam Aron, the showtimes with open captions will be well marked on AMC Theatres’ website and mobile app. These open captions will not only ensure that individuals who are

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