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Changing Attitudes

Changing attitudes means that we challenge stigma and amplify authentic narratives on disability. We’re proud to be a “nothing about us, without us” organization, led by those with a diversity of disabilities and other intersectional identities. Disabled people are the best experts on their lived experience, and we work to promote this reality across our four pillars.

The Entertainment and News Media team worked on more than 175 TV episodes and films. The Policy team spotlighted employers with successful disability inclusion programs and trained more than 400 people on best practices for disability employment. The Faith Inclusion team gave presentations around the country, including collaborating with a church to produce a 5-part webinar series. And the Disability Training and Speakers Bureau expanded their clientele, reaching more industries and sectors than ever before. Across our departments, we changed attitudes through more than 105 trainings and speaking engagements and 4 e-newsletters.

headshot of Senior Director of Faith Inclusion Shelly Christensen. quote reads: I love my job! I feel respected, valued, and supported to lead my team on the transformative work of the of the Faith Inclusion and Belonging department. Our amazing staff and Apprentices at RespectAbility are a joy to work with!

In 2022, our team…Quote from Grace Moss of Warner Bros. Discovery with her headshot: "The Warner Bros. Discovery Access team and RespectAbility have forged a strong partnership in a multitude of ways. From advising on best practices for our Talent Spotlight program, to providing resources and expertise for our Early Career Bootcamp, RespectAbility is an invaluable organization that has helped strengthen our efforts across the board."

  • Completed 19 entertainment and news media-related speaking engagements, including at the Golden Globes and U.S. State Department, and 21 trainings for more than 2,500 people at a variety of studios and production companies
  • Conducted 54 disability inclusion trainings, including for Bausch + Lomb, Publicis Groupe, and Mayo Clinic
  • Expanded consulting clientele to include medical organizations and schools, law firms, marketing firms, as well as offices in the federal government
  • For National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022, spotlighted 3 employers who are successfully hiring disabled workers: Alaska Airlines, JP Morgan Chase, and Procter & Gamble
  • Directly trained more than 400 people in best practices around employment through webinars and presentations at conferences
  • Collaborated with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California to produce a 5-part webinar series on Disability in the Torah and Christian BibleQuote from Board Member Bill Gaventa with his headshot: "I love RespectAbility for its commitment to diversity and to actually listening to, and utilizing, the skills and gifts of people with disabilities in a number of crucial public arenas."
  • Gave presentations across the country, including to the executive leadership team at the Illif School of Theology, at the AAIDD Northeastern Region X Annual Conference, at the Institute on Theology and Disability, and to the Texas Disability Network
  • Provided training for major foundations such as the Kresge Foundation on how to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind in philanthropic efforts
  • Trained communications and foundation professionals in website and social media accessibility at ComNet 2022
Screenshot from panel discussion with team behind Madagascar A Little Wild, and still from episode of Madagascar A Little Wild that featured Shaylee Mansfield's sign-over performance. logo for Madagascar A Little Wild

Dreamworks’ Madagascar: A Little Wild featured a young girl named and modeled after Deaf actress Shaylee Mansfield who was animated by using a video reference of her performing the role. In what is possibly a first for Deaf performers, she is credited alongside the audible voice actors for her sign over performance in the episode “Gloria’s Got ‘Em All.”

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