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From Washington to Hollywood and Beyond: The Future of Americans with Disabilities

From Washington to Hollywood and BeyondDate: July 22, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Rayburn Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.


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. Contact for more information.

Can I participate virtually?
Yes! We will be live tweeting @Respect_Ability and invite you to join us there!

I’m a member of the media. Who can I contact for more information?
Lauren Appelbaum:

Would You Like To Speak Or Perform?

RespectAbility’s Capitol Hill Summit is dedicated to the wide-range of opportunities available to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for millions of Americans with disabilities. Covering on everything from policy and politics to the entertainment industry and popular culture, this annual event is a tremendous opportunity to shine a light on critical issues past and future.

To build on the success of our 2018 summit, RespectAbility is putting out a request for proposals from our friends and partners across the disability community. Have an idea for a panel or presentation for a nation-wide audience of disability leaders, non-profit professionals and policy-makers? Want to convene a conversation of subject-matter experts to talk about best practices? Do you want to showcase the stories and challenges of self-advocates working to promote inclusion for the 1-in-5 Americans living with disabilities? Then send your proposal today!

Suggested Themes for Proposals

RespectAbility is excited to receive proposals that fit with our organizational mission of fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. As such, potential proposals may include strategies, approaches, innovations, methods, tools, and insights that help empower job seekers with disabilities. This may include expanding school-to-work transitions, focusing on stay-at-work/return-to-work programs, work-based learning, pre-apprenticeship programs or entrepreneurial skills training. Likewise, we are eager to solicit proposals that touch on the intersection of popular culture, the media and people with disabilities. This may include journalistic coverage of disability issues, positive/negative representation in film or television, efforts to promote greater disability representation in popular cultural, children’s television, or media consumption patterns within the disability community. Alternatively, performers with disabilities can submit a video as a suggestion for a short performance at the conference.

Special priority will be given to proposals that focus on intersectionality issues such as the experiences of people of color with disabilities, gender identities/sexual orientation, or immigration status.   

This is a free event.

Send your proposal questions to Philip Kahn-Pauli, 240-483-4134,

Have a question about registration or sponsorships? Please contact Debbie Fink, 202-517-6272 ext. 124,

Submit Your Proposal

To submit your proposal for RespectAbility’s Capitol Hill Summit, please fill out the form below. Please submit your proposal no later than COB Friday, March 1st, 2019 to be considered. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified on or around March 31st, 2019. We look forward to reading what you submit!

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director 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. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email

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