Washington, D.C., June 4 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community, has released a new video to show how people with disabilities can create a better future.
The video is narrated by Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, a disability advocate, social worker, dancer, actress, model and member of RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau. The viewer hears O’Garra speak while viewing a collage of photos from past RespectAbility events.
“People with disabilities are innovative and talented,” said O’Garra. “However, ableism and bad public policies are blocking more than 21 million students and working-age adults with disabilities from getting the skills, jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities we need to succeed. Together we can ensure that people with disabilities, like myself, can achieve their dreams, just like anyone else.”
The video was edited by Cliff Pintak, President of Ten Capitol, Inc. Pintak is an accomplished messaging expert who produces audio, video and digital tools and advertising for nonprofits, associations and thought leaders.
RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with employers, elected officials, policy makers, educators, self-advocates, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists and the entertainment and news media to fight stigmas and advance opportunities. Led by diverse people with disabilities and allies, RespectAbility knows that people with disabilities and their families have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else.
Full Transcript of Video:
People with disabilities are innovative and talented. However, ableism and bad public policies are blocking more than 21 million students and working age adults with disabilities from getting the skills, jobs, and entrepreneurial opportunities we need to succeed. With your support, our team of leaders with disabilities will bring lived experience and proven solutions to:
Fight stigmas by promoting diverse, authentic and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities in entertainment and news media.
Advance opportunities by identifying and promoting best practices in education, employment, civic engagement and accessibility.
Ensure that talented and diverse leaders with disabilities have seats at decision making tables.
Together we can ensure that people with disabilities, like myself, can achieve their dreams, just like anyone else.