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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 Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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