In January 2020, writer and director Sheridan O’Donnell was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. In October 2021 he was completing his feature debut, Little Brother, starring J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Philip Ettinger (HBO’s I Know This Much Is True) and Daniel Diemer (Netflix’s The Half Of It), which is currently in post production. In this session, O’Donnell shared his personal experiences navigating production with his vision loss, accepting his disability, and finding ways to advocate for himself and other filmmakers with disabilities. Creatives who identify as blind/low vision were encouraged to attend.
Throughout the month of October 2021, join RespectAbility for a series of virtual celebrations, panel conversations and networking opportunities as we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Through a combination of forward-facing panels and breakout networking rooms, participants will learn about writing, directing, producing, self-advocacy and more. Please note that some sessions are open only to entertainment industry creatives who identify as deaf or disabled, as we seek to continue to build community. Learn more: https://www.respectability.org/ndeam-entertainment-summit.