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NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit

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.


RespectAbility x Roadmap Writers: Disabled Writers in the Writers Room and Beyond

Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. MT / 4:00 p.m. PT


NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit: A Focus on the Future

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As we continue to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) throughout October, RespectAbility is proud to invite you to this important discussion in partnership with Roadmap Writers surrounding the experience of disabled writers currently working in the writers room and beyond.

Roadmap Writers is a talent training and discovery platform for screenwriters ready for a guided path to success. Their programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate your craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, they have helped more than 185 writers sign to representation and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.

Just as no disabled person has the same life experience as another, there is no singular path to the writers room. For many people in the disability community, that path can often feel even more difficult to navigate given the historical lack of inclusion and accessibility in the Entertainment industry. That said, the industry seems to be at a turning point as more and more disabled writers are making their way into the writers room, and more decision-makers are beginning to understand the importance of improving the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera. Please join us for a conversation with our esteemed group of panelists, Diana Romero (4400), Marc Muszynski (Dexter), and Shea Mirzai (Space Coyote Productions) as they discuss their journeys and experiences as disabled writers currently working in the industry. Please RSVP via the link above, and continue to check back as more panelists are confirmed in the coming weeks.

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NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit: Unlearning Internalized Ableism and Self-Advocacy with Sheridan O’Donnell, Little Brother

Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT


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Sheridan O’Donnell

In January 2020, writer and director Sheridan O’Donnell was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, and despite ableism has gone on to complete 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 will share 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 are encouraged to attend. [continue reading…]

NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit: Personal Finance and Budgeting with Liz Amelia Green

NDEAM Entertainment Media Summit: A Focus on the Future

This event is part of a larger series of events. Learn more:

Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT


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Liz Amelia Green

Liz Amelia Green, an alumna of the RespectAbility cohort of the WarnerMedia Access Early Career Bootcamp who also is a filmmaker as well as a personal finance and budgeting enthusiast, will be hosting a session on personal finance and budgeting. The session is geared toward disabled creatives and filmmakers. Liz will discuss budgeting, saving, the basics of investing and compound interest, insurance, and building a secure financial future so you can live and give. For all attendees, Liz will offer up to two free additional 15-minute one-on-one sessions to dive deeper into individual situations.

Federal Policy Priorities on Disability Employment: NDEAM 2021 and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT


18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and 9 months into the Biden Administration, it is worth taking time to reflect on how the employment landscape has been transformed for workers with disabilities. The federal government is actively working to capitalize on the accessibility gains made by remote work and striving to implement policies to promote the safety of workers in diverse sectors of the economy. This webinar will feature a host of key high-level federal leaders reflecting on their work, their priorities and their hopes for the months ahead. As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we look to these leaders for their reflections on how to link greater inclusion, diversity and equity to the economic recovery of America. [continue reading…]

Jewish Funders Network – Unprecedented New Findings on Jews with Disabilities: What Does It Mean for the Future?

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 1 hour


Join Jewish Funders Network for an exclusive presentation and facilitated discussion as they dive into the results of three major new studies on Jewish disability inclusion in the workforce. They will discuss:

  • Successful models from Jewish human service agencies for increasing employment for people with disabilities;
  • What Leading Edge has learned about Jews and others with disabilities who work at Jewish organizations and where progress has been made;
  • Findings from RespectAbility’s major study on the inclusion of Jews with disabilities inside Jewish groups;
  • Big picture takeaways on where we go from here so that Jews and others with disabilities can thrive both inside and out of Jewish institutions.

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