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Steven James Tingus

Steven James Tingus, Board of Advisors

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Steven James Tingus

Steven James Tingus is recognized and serves as a national expert on disability, aging and health care policy. Tingus has more than 20 years of experience in managing policy issues impacting the disability community, including currently advocating for diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry. Tingus particularly enjoys bringing his expertise in disability policy to the entertainment industry in support of talent with disabilities.

Tingus believes that the entertainment industry can be an incredible ally in creating social change. He enjoys educating industry leaders (e.g., Comcast NBCUniversal, Writers Guild of America West, and Television executive producers) on the business sense of hiring highly-talented and trained people with disabilities onscreen and behind the camera. Toward that end, to build a network of high-profile actors, producers, directors and other key players in the entertainment industry towards increasing storyline development and hiring so that the abysmal one percent representation on TV and in film is changed for the disability community.

Tingus worked as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C., as deputy assistant secretary for Planning and Evaluation for Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy, and preceded by as director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the U.S. Department of Education. Tingus currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for 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. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to stand up against ableism and other prejudice – while promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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