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RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities, has been working with several partners within the entertainment industry on the full inclusion of people with disabilities – in front and behind the camera.
We would like to invite you to an event specifically for showrunners, creative executives, writers, casting directors, talent agents, actors and others within the creative world of Hollywood at Rep. Brad Sherman’s office on Feb. 21, 2017.
Throughout the day, we will be hosting meetings of leaders in philanthropy, workforce development and entertainment industry who care about diversity, inclusion and employment in Hollywood for people with disabilities. There is a great potential to gather committed stakeholders to join together to form a Community of Practice to work on the closely connected issues of disability, diversity, inclusion, poverty and media. We hope this gathering on the 21st will inaugurate a Community of Practice composed of key stakeholders to move the needle on two core important issues: inclusion and diversity in Hollywood and employment of people with disabilities.
Please join us at 2:00 p.m. to participate in a discussion on how increasing the inclusion of people with disabilities in Hollywood is a good business model, as evidenced by the success of the new show Speechless and Emmy-winning Born This Way. Then at 3:15 p.m., we invite you to stay for a networking reception with members from the workforce community.
We hope that you and your colleagues will be able to join us on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 2:00pm at Circle of Care (COC) Conference Room, Sherman Oaks Hospital: 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.
We hope that you will be able to attend. Please also let us know if there are others who you think should be there — whom you think we should invite. It is our intention to be as inclusive as possible to get real grassroots and leadership commitment to success.
Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Circle of Care (COC) Conference Room, Sherman Oaks Hospital, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The facility is ADA accessible. ASL interpreters are available by request.