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Long Beach Employer and Provider Gathering

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Location: CIP Long Beach 4510 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 100 Long Beach, CA 90804
Contact: Philip Kahn-Pauli, [email protected]

RespectAbility, in partnership with the Harbor Regional Center, was proud to offer a unique learning opportunity for local businesses and community providers on Thursday, March 22. This gathering happened thanks to the continuing commitment of the Long Beach Community Foundation to expand opportunities for youth with disabilities.

Finding talented employees can be one of the biggest challenges that any business faces. Likewise, for community service providers, placing job seekers with disabilities into meaningful, competitive employment in the community can take time, money and precious resources. Very often, there can be a significant gap between the world of businesses and the world of nonprofit providers. However, tremendous opportunities and new successes can be found if we bridge that gap.

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“Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” – ReelAbilities Film Fest Preview

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Congregation Har Shalom: 11510 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

RespectAbility, in partnership with Congregation Har Shalom, is proud to present the acclaimed film “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in a sneak-peek preview event for the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia, which is organized by the Jewish Community Center of Northern VA.

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Jewish Disability Advocacy Day 2018

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day: On Capitol Hill, Washington DC, Sponsored by the Jewish Disability NetworkJewish Disability Advocacy Day took place on February 6, 2018.

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Capitol Hill: Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms 2043, 2044, & 2045


Open Call For Performers with Disabilities

First-ever Casting Society of America Inclusion and Diversity Open Call for Performers with Disabilities

Casting Society of America logoLos Angeles, Calif., Dec. 14 – On Sunday, January 7, 2018, CSA members across the country are making themselves available to union and non-union performers with disabilities. Professionally trained disabled artists and performers with disabilities actively pursuing careers in the arts are encouraged to attend. Artists will be given an opportunity to perform a prepared scene of their choice in front of a panel of professional casting directors. The open call will offer actors the opportunity to work with casting directors who are looking to expand their knowledge of underrepresented and undiscovered talent in a professional casting environment.

Artists will be given an opportunity to perform a 2-page, prepared scene of their choice in front of a panel of CSA casting directors.


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Diversity, Equity and Equality in Hollywood Breakfast

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 8:30 A.M. Breakfast will be provided.
Location: Bunim/Murray, 1015 Grandview Ave., Glendale CA
Contact: Lauren Appelbaum, [email protected] or 202-591-0703

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Jonathan Murray

Jonathan Murray of Bunim/Murray hosted this breakfast. Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most diverse, innovative, unscripted, entertainment television programs including Emmy-winning Born This Way (A&E), which documents the lives of diverse young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. Murray serves on the Board of Directors for RespectAbility.

RespectAbility’s focus is on the inclusion of diverse people with disabilities within the entertainment industry. However, it is our view that everyone who works on any aspect of diversity in Hollywood should help everyone else as a rising tide lifts all ships. Television and films that represent ALL of us are simply better. During this event, we explored ways we can work together to pitch diversity in Hollywood to ensure a more inclusive medium. We discussed messages and strategies to fight stigma and advance opportunities for all underrepresented people in the industry.

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Diversity, Equity and Equality in Hollywood Focus Group

This event was by invitation only.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Appelbaum at [email protected] or 202-591-0703.

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: The focus group begins at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive by 5:45 p.m. to be seated before the group begins. Dinner will be provided.
Location: Provided with RSVP.
Contact: Lauren Appelbaum, [email protected] or 202-591-0703

We invite you to watch behind the glass of a focus group that will investigate existing perceptions of people with disabilities among entertainment decision makers. We will work to identify messages and strategies to fight stigma and advance opportunities for people with disabilities in the industry.

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Bettering Lives in Long Beach

Long Beach Community of Practice Kickoff Event

Date: Monday, August 14th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Pike Long Beach Hyatt at 285 Bay Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
Contact: Philip Kahn-Pauli, [email protected] or 240-483-4134

On Monday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., we gathered a wide selection of local stakeholders in order to learn about the challenges facing people with disabilities in Long Beach. We met at the Pike Long Beach Hyatt at 285 Bay Street, Long Beach, CA 90802. This was a FREE event and refreshments will be provided.

This was the first of a series of meetings to recruit and empower local leaders to advance new opportunities for education, training, and employment in the community.

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From Hollywood to Capitol Hill: The Future of Americans with Disabilities

A Special Summit for Congressional and Senate Staff, Journalists and Disability Advocates

This summit, “From Hollywood to Capitol Hill,” features Marc Summers of The Food Network, Casting Director and Producer Leah Daniels-Butler and Tommy Morrissey, the one-arm golfer

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

July 31, 2017, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

There is no charge to attend this event.

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Transitional Services and Self-Advocacy in Israel: Presentation

Five cutting-edge programs for helping youth with all types of disabilities in Israel transition into adulthood

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David B. Marcu


David B. Marcu, the CEO of Israel Elwyn

Projects including transitions for employment, for national service, for military service and for volunteering in the community. In addition, Israel’s national self-advocacy program for persons with intellectual and developmental disability will be presented.

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