The Emmys: Seeing Hispanics in Hollywood

Washington, Aug. 26 – For the first time in history, a TV show staring people with disabilities has been nominated for an Emmy Award– and one of the stars, Cristina, is Hispanic! The glass ceiling-breaking show is Born This Way, A&E Network’s critically acclaimed and award-winning original docuseries which airs Tuesday at 10 pm. Born This Way was nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. In addition, two episodes were nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

The show documents real life as Cristina and her fiancée Angel continue to look forward to their wedding, but have a lot of life skills to master before they are ready to live on their own.

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The Emmys: Seeing African Americans in Hollywood

Washington, Aug. 26 – For the first time in history, a TV show staring people with disabilities has been nominated for an Emmy Award – and one of the stars, John, is African American! The glass ceiling-breaking show is Born This Way, A&E Network’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning original docuseries. Born This Way was nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. In addition, two episodes were nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

The show documents real life as John continues to pursue his dream of becoming a rap artist and entertainer, but has a lot of life skills to master before he is ready to live on his own.

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#PwDsVote Summit Live on C-SPAN 2, Follow Along From Home

As RespectAbility’s Campaign 2016 and People with Disabilities Summit on Enabling Access and Opportunities for All kicks off, viewers at home can join in on the fun as C-SPAN 2 is airing the entire conference live.

The entire conference on democracy and access for people with disabilities will be airing live from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and then again from 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. If you don’t have cable, you will be able to see it via their website at the online C-SPAN 2 live events page.

This is a really important breakthrough as a disability voter/access training has never been shown on national television before and 56 million Americans have disabilities. Check out the full schedule and join us for as much as you are able!

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Campaign 2016 and People with Disabilities: Enabling Access and Opportunities for All Schedule

 A Special Summit for Campaign Consultants, Hill Staff and Disability Leaders

August 8, 2016 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Voters with Disabilities and the Issues that Matter: From Employment and Empowerment to Criminal Justice and Beyond – Who are Americans with disabilities, and what do we want?

  • Lauren Appelbaum, Director of Communications, RespectAbility
  • Philip Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: PANEL – Don’t Forget People with Disabilities: Ensuring Events are ADA Accessible

  • Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
  • Rodney Hood, Corporate Responsibility Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Moderated by Lauren Appelbaum, Director of Communications, RespectAbility

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM: Rep. Brad Sherman Delivers Remarks

11:10 AM – 12:15 PM: PANEL – Campaign 2016 and Beyond: Insights on the Media, Campaigns, Public Policy, the Supreme Court and People with Disabilities

  • Eleanor Clift, Washington Correspondent, The Daily Beast
  • Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Clarence Page, Columnist, Tribune Media Services
  • Richard Wolf, Washington Correspondent, USA Today
  • Moderated by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch Break

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: PANEL – Reaching All Voters by Making Electronic Communications Accessible

  • Shelia Newman, President, New Editions
  • Brooke Oberwetter, Manager of External Affairs for Policy, Facebook
  • Cindy Ryan, Executive Management, New Editions
  • Moderated by Doc Sweitzer, Founder, The Campaign Group

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Building Electoral Power, One Voter at a Time 

  • Ted Jackson, Disability Outreach Director, Democratic National Committee
  • NOTE: We have invited the RNC to send a representative. 

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: PANEL – Empowering Americans with Disabilities to Participate in Political Process at the Grassroots Level

  • Justin Chappell, Democracy and Outreach Coordinator, RespectAbility
  • Dahlia Joseph, Former Communications Fellow, RespectAbility
  • James Trout, Policy and Democracy Fellow, RespectAbility
  • Moderated by Ben Spangenberg, the Special Assistant to the President, RespectAbility

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: AWARDS – 2016 Best in Public Service Awards Presented To (Awardees will Address the Conference):

  • Jack Markell (D-DE), Chair, Council on State Governments
  • Dave Hoppe, Chief of Staff to Speaker Paul Ryan

 

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On ADA Anniversary, 19 People with Disabilities Slaughtered by Murderer Who Wanted to Eliminate All People with Disabilities

Police officers and rescue workers are seen in a facility for the disabled,Rockville, July 26 – In what is being billed as Japan’s worst mass murder since World War II, at least 19 were killed and another 26 seriously injured.

The attack occurred at Tsukui Yamayuri En centre, a care center for people with disabilities.

Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee at the center, is the prime suspect after surrendering and saying “I did it.”

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect told police: “I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.”

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From Nyle DiMarco to Emmy-Nominated Born this Way and Beyond: Reality TV Leading Way in Busting Stigmas on Disability

Washington, July 25 – This month, A&E’s Born This Way, a show staring people with disabilities, was nominated for three Emmy awards. The show follows seven young adults with Down syndrome as they live, work and love in Los Angeles. Previously it was chosen as one of six honorees for the 2016 Television Academy Honors, an award that recognizes television programming that inspires, informs and motivates.

Earlier, when reality television shows reduced stigmas surrounding disability, it was largely through individuals such as the super talented Nyle DiMarco, who won both America’s Top Model and Dancing with the Stars. A&E’s Born this Way, on the other hand, is fully dedicated to dissolving the stigmas surrounding disability, as cast member Megan Bomgaars’ message “Don’t Limit Me” epitomizes.

“Hey, I have a disability, and I’m OK with it,’” cast member Steven Clark said.

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Finding Dory, Speechless & Born This Way Prove Disability is Winning Theme for Hollywood

Screenshot of Finding Dory showing Dory swimming in the oceanWashington, July 20 – As Hollywood executives are looking for the next big ideas for film and television, they are learning that disability is a winning theme.

Many people are writing about the fact that disability often is absent from mainstream film and television – both the depiction of and, even when a character has a disability, the actor often does not – as detailed in the recently released Ruderman White Paper on Disability in Television.

However, the box office success of Finding Dory and new TV shows such as Superstore and Speechless are showing that audiences want to see strong, capable role models with disabilities.

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Born This Way Nominated for 3 Emmy Awards, Stigma Busting for People with Disabilities

Image shows smiling faces of the seven cast members with the following text at the bottom: Born This Way - new season July 26 - A&EWashington, July 14 – A&E Network’s critically acclaimed and award-winning original docuseries Born This Way’s honors keep adding up – showing that disability is a winning theme.

Born This Way was nominated for an Emmy this morning for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. In addition, two episodes were nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the series follows a group of seven young adults with Down syndrome along with their family and friends in Southern California. During its first season, Born This Way grew across all demographics each episode, with adults 25-54 up 84 percent, adults 18-49 up 64 percent and total viewership up 67 percent by the end of the season. Recently, the series was chosen as one of six honorees for the 2016 Television Academy Honors, an award that recognizes television programming that inspires, informs and motivates.

RespectAbility has been honored to have been consulted during the creation and production of Born This Way and congratulates the entire team for its hard work in achieving this nomination.

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Disability Campaign Questionnaire – Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates

RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream, is preparing a nonpartisan voter guide of all viable candidates in several Senate and gubernatorial elections on a variety of disability issues. This is being done in conjunction with our online publication, www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org, which is the definitive place for voters who care about the intersection of disability and electoral politics. Fully twenty percent of the U.S. population (56 million people) has a disability. With the addition of family members of people with disabilities, that percentage increases exponentially to include one in every three households in America affected by disability.

We have email lists of people in each state who have disabilities and/or a family member with a disability. We will share unedited responses with these lists as well as with members of the press who cover these issues in each state.

Our voter guide will be electronic and thus it is vital for candidates to put their positions on their website and give us the specific links to the places they want us to share with the disability community. They may choose to answer each question individually for people with disabilities (PwDs), or to mention PwDs within a larger plan (i.e., your jobs, national security and crime plans) for the entire public.

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#RespectTheAbility Campaign Celebrates Model Employers that Demonstrate Inclusive Hiring on All Levels

Campaign spotlights model employers that demonstrate how hiring workers with disabilities benefits the employer, the employee and society

RespectAbilityUSA’s #RespectTheAbility campaign highlights the benefits companies reap when they hire talented people with disabilities. Using the hashtag #RespectTheAbility, the campaign hopes to ultimately erase negative and untrue stigmas associated with hiring people with disabilities.

“Many companies hire the best talent out there, no matter what package that talent comes in,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbilityUSA. “Employers’ focus should be on the abilities an individual brings to the table to better the organization, not any disabilities the individual may have. It is time for all employers to look beyond the disability, and understand the true value of these employees.”

The #RespectTheAbility campaign began in August 2014 with a focus on Ernst & Young LLP as a case study and featured a conference call with Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader from Ernst & Young, on “Disabilities to Diverse Abilities: Changing the Workplace Paradigm.” Th 2015 campaign launched on the heels of the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)’s first Disability Equality Index (DEI) naming 19 companies as DEI Best Places to Work. Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices.

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