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#PwDsVote Summit Live on C-SPAN 2, Follow Along From Home

As RespectAbility’s Campaign 2016 and People with Disabilities Summit on Enabling Access and Opportunities for All kicks off, viewers at home can join in on the fun as C-SPAN 2 is airing the entire conference live.

The entire conference on democracy and access for people with disabilities will be airing live from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and then again from 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. If you don’t have cable, you will be able to see it via their website at the online C-SPAN 2 live events page.

This is a really important breakthrough as a disability voter/access training has never been shown on national television before and 56 million Americans have disabilities. Check out the full schedule and join us for as much as you are able!

In addition, we will be posting everything to RespectAbility’s YouTube page. We also will be live tweeting @Respect_Ability using the hashtag #PwDsVote.

Don’t forget to do your part in reaching down ballot candidates and asking them to complete the down ballot #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire! View The RespectAbility Report’s post for sample tweets and how-to’s!

Follow along from home with the PowerPoints and hand outs!

  • Program Schedule and Biographies (PDF, WEB)
  • RespectAbility PowerPoint for 9:00-10:00 AM and 3:00-4:00 PM Sessions (PPT)
  • RespectAbility Press Release: #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates (PDF)
  • Candidate Contact Information: Open and Competitive Gubernatorial Races (PDF)
  • Candidate Contact Information: Open and Competitive Senate Races (PDF)
  • RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program (PDF)

CCACaptioning Materials

  • CCAC Captions Capture the Vote Flyer (PDF)
  • CCAC Collaboration Flyer (PDF)

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Materials

  • PowerPoint on Planning Accessible and Inclusive Events (PPT)
  • ADA National Brochure (PDF)
  • Film and Guide Postcard Business (PDF)
  • Frontline Customer Service Quick Tips (PDF)


Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

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