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Advocacy Burnout: What Is It & How Do We Avoid It?

By Eric Ascher / 2021-12-21
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A Conversation with Disabled Creatives and Advocates, Tatiana Lee and Lesley Hennen

Navigating the Entertainment industry can be a daunting and overwhelming experience for anyone. And when you’re a person with multiple underrepresented identities, disability included, the feeling of burnout can become real very quickly. This event was a

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Hollywood Fringe Festival Creative Workshop: Disability Inclusion in Storytelling

By Eric Ascher / 2021-12-14
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When we think of diversity in the arts, do we consider the 1-in-5 people who live with a disability? Due to a lack of accessibility and stigma, artists with disabilities rarely get to take the stage to tell their own stories. This event featured a conversation with industry leaders

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Best Practices for Ensuring Accessibility in Film Schools

By Eric Ascher / 2021-12-06
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For many folks who are looking to start a career in the Entertainment industry, whether in development, writing, production, marketing, and everything else in between, the starting point is film school. Since the best way to improve on-screen representation of people with disabilities is to hire more disabled people

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Virtual Community Chanukah Candle Lighting

By Eric Ascher / 2021-12-05
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Chanukah menorah with all 9 candles litRespectAbility celebrated seven great nights of Chanukah fun (taking Friday December 3rd off for Shabbat to relax and reflect). Each night we

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Disability Representation In Film & Television: How It Can Impact Your Bottom Line in a Positive Way

By Eric Ascher / 2021-12-04
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At L.A. ComicCon, we hosted a panel on disability inclusion in film and television. Attendees learned how inclusion can positively impact their bottom line and stretch their marketing dollars for their feature film or television project.

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Jewish Funders Network – Unprecedented New Findings on Jews with Disabilities: What Does It Mean for the Future?

By Eric Ascher / 2021-11-17
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Jewish Funders Network hosted an exclusive presentation and facilitated discussion that covered the results of three major new studies on Jewish disability inclusion in the workforce. They discussed:

Successful models from Jewish human service agencies for increasing employment for people with disabilities; What Leading Edge has learned about Jews

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Federal Policy Priorities on Disability Employment: NDEAM 2021 and Beyond

By Eric Ascher / 2021-11-10
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18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and 9 months into the Biden Administration, it is worth taking time to reflect on how the employment landscape has been transformed for workers with disabilities. The federal government is actively working to capitalize on the accessibility gains made by remote work and

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NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2021-10-29
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Throughout the month of October 2021, RespectAbility hosted a series of virtual celebrations, panel conversations and networking opportunities to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Through a combination of forward-facing panels and breakout networking rooms, participants learned about writing, directing, producing, self-advocacy and more.

The post NDEAM Entertainment Media

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NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit: Personal Finance and Budgeting for Disabled Creatives

By Eric Ascher / 2021-10-28
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Liz Amelia Green smiling headshot

Liz Amelia Green

Liz Amelia Green, an alumna of the RespectAbility cohort of the WarnerMedia Access Early Career Bootcamp

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NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit: Unlearning Internalized Ableism and Self-Advocacy with Sheridan O’Donnell, Little Brother

By Eric Ascher / 2021-10-28
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Sheridan O'Donnell headshot on the beach

Sheridan O’Donnell

In January 2020, writer and director Sheridan O’Donnell was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. He

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