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From Hollywood to Capitol Hill: Full Lineup of Speakers Announced

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Leah Daniels-Butler

Rockville, Md., July 27 – RespectAbility announces the final line-up for next week’s summit From Hollywood to Capitol Hill: The Future of Americans with Disabilities. The summit will take place on Monday, July 31 from 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at the Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room (RHOB 2168) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The summit will celebrate the good that can be done to end stigmas and advance opportunities for the 57 million Americans with disabilities.

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Marc Summers

Featuring:

Additional Speakers Include:

  • Ollie Cantos, U.S. Department of Education (Invited)
  • Eleanor Clift, author of Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points in History) and Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics
  • Sneha Dave, Chronic Illness and Disability Advocate
  • Stanley B. Greenberg, Ph.D., Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
  • Calvin Harris, The Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility
  • Meg O’Connell, The Poses Family Foundation
  • Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
  • Brilynn Rakes, Visually Impaired Dancer
  • Gerard Robinson, AEI
  • Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • Steven James Tingus, Entertainment Inclusion Consultant
  • Donna Walton, Divas With Disabilities Project and author of Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Tickets are free but spaces are extremely limited and RSVPs are required.

How can I request accommodations? ADA seating, live captioning and ASL interpreters will be provided. Please let us know in advance if you need other accommodations.

More Information and RSVP: http://bit.ly/July31DC.

Full Schedule:

  • 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Registration and Networking
  • 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Introduction: Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility
  • 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Ollie Cantos, U.S. Department of Education (invited)
  • 9:45 – 10:10 AM: Stan Greenberg, Ph.D., Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
  • 10:10 – 10:30 AM: Gerard Robinson, AEI
  • 10:30 – 10:40 AM: Brilynn Rakes, Visually Impaired Dancer
  • 10:40 – 11:00 AM: Donna Walton, Divas With Disabilities Project
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tommy and Joe Morrissey, One-Arm Golfer and Father
    • Moderated by Lauren Appelbaum, RespectAbility Communications Director
  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Marc Summers, Television Network Host with OCD
  • 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Leah Daniels-Butler, Casting Director and Producer
    • Moderated by Steven James Tingus, Entertainment Inclusion Consultant
  • 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: PANEL – From Hollywood to Capitol Hill: The Future of Americans with Disabilities
    • Eleanor Clift, Washington Correspondent, The Daily Beast
    • Sneha Dave, Chronic Illness and Disability Advocate
    • Meg O’Connell, The Poses Family Foundation
    • Clarence Page, Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune
    • Moderated by Calvin Harris, The Bipartisan Policy Center

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
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 LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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