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#ADA30 Summit 2020

RespectAbility Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

You are invited to join RespectAbility for five fantastic sessions that prepare people with disabilities and the disability community for a better future.

Over the course of five days – Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 – we will host daily two-hour virtual events (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT). These events will be free and fully accessible, with an ASL interpreter and live captions. Each event will also be recorded and shared with open captions. This series is made possible through the generosity of Comcast NBCUniversal, the Murray/Reese Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company.

Register: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T9AzpptnQ8qqGuOcaM7KSw

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Monday, July 27: Grand Opening and Education and Skills for a Better Future

PART 1: ZOOMSide Chat – Grand Opening

  • Moderator: Amna Nawaz, American broadcast journalist, correspondent and substitute anchor for PBS Newshour
  • The Honorable Lex Friedan, co-founder / leader of Independent Living Movement
  • The Honorable Steve Bartlett, co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Chairman, RespectAbility
  • The Honorable Tom Harkin, co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act and global disability innovator
  • The Honorable Tony Coelho, co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act; founder of The Coelho Center, Loyola Law School

PART 2: Looking to the Future

  • Holly Robinson Peete, Actress and Founder, HollyRod Foundation
  • Shaylee Mansfield, 11-Year-Old Deaf YouTuber and Actress, Deaf Out Loud, Bunk’d, Feel the Beat, 13 Minutes
  • Sophie Kim, 13- Year-Old Actress, Healings Powers of Dude

PART 3: Education and Skills for a Better Future

Currently, there are more than 7 million students with disabilities in America today, the majority of whom are children of color. A combination of challenges has led to frustrating outcomes even pre-COVID-19. These challenges were further aggravated by the failure of virtual learning to meet the needs of students with disabilities nationwide. Still, due to underlying medical conditions, many students will need to continue distanced learning, while other students with disabilities will be returning to a “new normal” riddled with virus-related safety concerns in schools. Learn from dynamic experts who will help us imagine a better future: how to go back – or forward – to school.

  • Moderator: Gerard Robinson, Vice President for Education, The Advanced Studies in Culture Foundation
  • Nicole Homerin, M.Ed., Special Educator and co-author of RespectAbility’s upcoming Special Education During COVID-19 Toolkit
  • Ollie Cantos, Civil Rights Attorney and father of first blind triplets to become Eagle Scouts
  • Paul Luelmo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, San Diego State University
  • Sneha Dave, Founder of the Health Advocacy Summit and its program Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network; the 2020 Susan Butler Award recipient

Tuesday, July 28: Ensuring Inclusive Communities

PART 1: Inclusive Philanthropy

The social sector (philanthropy, nonprofits and public agencies) is a leader in the movement for diversity, equity and inclusion in society. However, only recently has philanthropy identified the need to include people with disabilities in that effort. Learn with top experts who are moving this process forward.

  • Moderator: Stacy Palmer, Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Jose Luis Plaza, Manager, California Endowment
  • Kym Eisner, leading funder of groups empowering people with Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Lisa Trygg, leading funder of programs that enable people with developmental and other disabilities to thrive
  • Stephanie Lomibao, Program Manager, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

PART 2:  How to Include People with Disabilities: Key Tips from RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

Learn how to welcome, respect and include the 1-in-5 people who live with a physical, sensory, cognitive, learning, mental health or other disability.

  • Moderator: Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach & Impact, RespectAbility
  • Abigail Shaw, Learning Ally: College Success Program’s Mentorship Coordinator
  • Ketrina Hazell, Ms. Wheelchair NY 2018
  • Lachi, Recording Artist
  • Lauren Arena, Ms. Wheelchair NY 2020
  • Dr. Nelle Richardson, Pastor, Founder and CEO of The Will to Win Ministry
  • Sasha Ross Becker, Graphic Designer
  • Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, MSW, Social Worker and Founder and Artistic Director of ZCO/DANCEPROJECT

Wednesday, July 29: Fighting Stigmas with Hollywood

PART 1: Respecting The Ability: Ensuring Authentic Representation in Entertainment Industry

With one-in-five people having a disability in the U.S. today, the lack of representation – just 3.1 percent on screen and even less in children’s television (less than one percent) – means that millions of people are unable to see themselves in media today. RespectAbility has been honored to play a part in changing this, including consulting on an array of films and TV shows for a variety of studios and networks. But change must be directed from the top. How are network and studio executives working within their organizations to encourage more disability representation whether in front of the camera or behind it? What are promising practices in diversity and inclusion and how are they helping to move things in a positive direction?

  • Moderator: Jonathan Murray, Multi Emmy-winning Reality TV Pioneer
  • Grace Moss, Director of Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
  • Jennifer Turner, SVP U.S. Scripted Programming for Sony Pictures Television and Current Executive for The Good Doctor
  • More Speakers To Be Announced

PART 2: Examples of Best Practice

  • Moderator: Lauren Appelbaum, Vice President, Communications, RespectAbility and Author, Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit
  • Dino-Ray Ramos, Associate Editor, Deadline Hollywood
  • Kristen Lopez, TV Editor, IndieWire
  • Natasha Ofili, Actress, The Politician and Undone
  • RJ Mitte, Actor, Breaking Bad and Triumph
  • Shoshannah Stern, Writer and Creator, This Close and Actress, Grey’s Anatomy
  • More Speakers and Topics To Be Announced

Thursday, July 30: The Future of Work for People with Disabilities

There are more than 22 million working-age people with disabilities in America, and today fewer than 1 in 3 has a job. Learn from top experts who are enabling employers to thrive by bringing in the talents of people with disabilities.

PART 1: Public Policies to Support the Future of Work

  • Keynote: The Honorable Brad Sherman, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets
  • Moderator: Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility
  • Craig Leen, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Shane Kanady, Vice President, Workforce Development, SourceAmerica
  • Tina Williams, Deputy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, United States Department of Labor

PART 2: Employment in the Private Sector of People with Disabilities

  • Moderator: Janet L. LaBreck, Disability employment expert who led multi-billion dollar vocational rehabilitation programs
  • Jim Sinocchi, Head of Disability Inclusion, JP Morgan Chase
  • Vincenzo Piscopo, Community and Stakeholder Relations Director, The Coca-Cola Company

Friday, July 31: Leadership: Making A Difference for the Future

On this day we will explore the future of the ADA from the perspectives of our leaders and policymakers. We will hear from political leaders about their vision for the future, as they lead us there today, and from public servants as they talk about their brand of leadership, how they shape the policies that affect our present and future, and how engaged citizens, in a dialogue of civic engagement, or an integral piece of that process. Learn with panelists who are experts on these topics in California, and then from panelists from “sea to shining sea.”

PART 1: Growth of Community of Practice in Los Angeles

Lessons on breaking down silos to improve the lives of people with disabilities: A Community of Practice with LA Mayors Office Department of Disability, RespectAbility and UNITE LA, a school-to-career partnership. This panel will include the release of the new online toolkit: “Finding a Job as a Person with a Disability: Getting the Opportunity you Want During COVID-19 and Beyond.” 

Invited Keynote: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti

  • Moderator: Matan Koch, Esq., Director of California Office, RespectAbility
  • Andrea Jennings, Accessibility and Disability Commissioner for the City of Pasadena
  • Jaime Pacheco-Orozco, Senior Manager, City of Los Angeles
  • Stephen Simon, Executive Director, Los Angeles City Department on Disability

PART 2: How You Can Make a Difference on Behalf of People with Disabilities

  • Anastasia Somoza, Community Liaison, NYC Council’s liaison to disability community
  • Gloria Medina, Trans activist, former RespectAbility Public Policy Fellow
  • More Speakers To Be Announced

PART 3: Closing Keynote

  • Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and Co-Founder, RespectAbility
  • The Honorable Steve Bartlett, co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Chairman, RespectAbility

Register: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T9AzpptnQ8qqGuOcaM7KSw

Speakers

#ADA30 Summit 2020

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Abigail Shaw

Member of RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau: Women’s Division

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Rep. Brad Sherman

CA-30 (D)

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Craig Leen

Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, USDOL

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Debbie Fink

Director of Community Outreach and Impact, RespectAbility

Dino-Ray Ramos smiling headshot

Dino-Ray Ramos

Associate Editor, Deadline Hollywood

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Gerard Robinson

Vice President for Education, The Advanced Studies in Culture Foundation

Gloria Medina smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Gloria Medina

Trans Activist and former RespectAbility Fellow

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Grace Moss

Director of Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment

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Holly Robinson Peete

Founder, HollyRod Foundation

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Janet L. LaBreck

Board of Directors, RespectAbility

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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

President, RespectAbility

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Jennifer Turner

SVP U.S. Scripted Programming for Sony Pictures Television and Current Executive for The Good Doctor

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Jim Sinocchi

Head of Disability Inclusion, JP Morgan Chase

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Jonathan Murray

Reality TV Pioneer and Board of Directors, RespectAbility

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Jose Luiz Plaza

Manager, The California Endowment

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Ketrina Hazell

Member, RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau: Women’s Division

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Kristen Lopez

TV Editor, IndieWire

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Kym Eisner

Executive Director, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

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Lachi

Recording Artist and Member, RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau: Women’s Division

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Lauren Appelbaum

Vice President, Communications, RespectAbility

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Lauren Arena

Ms. Wheelchair NY 2020

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Lisa Trygg

Senior Program Officer – Adults and Transitioning Youth with Disabilities, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

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Matan Koch

Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

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Natasha Ofili

Actress, The Politician and Undone

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Dr. Nelle Richardson

Member, RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau: Women’s Division

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Nicole Homerin, M.Ed.

Special Educator and co-author of RespectAbility’s upcoming Special Education During COVID-19 Toolkit

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Ollie Cantos

Board of Advisors, RespectAbility

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Paul Luelmo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Special Education, San Diego State University

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Philip Kahn-Pauli

Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility

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RJ Mitte

Actor, Breaking Bad and Triumph

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Sasha Ross Becker

Member, RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau: Women’s Division

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Shane Kanady

Vice President, Workforce Development, Source America

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Shaylee Mansfield

Deaf YouTuber and Actress, Deaf Out Loud, Bunk’d, Feel the Beat, 13 Minutes

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Shoshannah Stern

Writer and Creator, This Close and Actress, Grey’s Anatomy

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Sneha Dave

Board of Directors, RespectAbility

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Sophie Kim

Actress, Healings Powers of Dude

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Stacy Palmer

Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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Stephanie Lomibao

Program Manager, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

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Steve Bartlett

Co-Author, ADA and Chair, RespectAbility

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Tina Williams

Deputy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, USDOL

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Sen. Tom Harkin

Co-Author of Americans with Disabilities Act

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Vincenzo Piscopo

Community and Stakeholder Relations Director, The Coca-Cola Company

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Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, MSW

Member, RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau: Women’s Division

For More Information

For more information, please contact Debbie Fink, Project Manager for #ADA30 Summit 2020, at DebbieF@RespectAbility.org. Members of the press should contact Lauren Appelbaum at LaurenA@RespectAbility.org or Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at JenniferM@RespectAbility.org.

This program is made possible with support by Comcast NBCUniversal, Murray/Reese Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company.

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