Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0

Media has unique power to shatter myths or reinforce stereotypes about 59 million Americans with disabilities.

Check out TV Guide coverage of LCA2.0 NY, hosted by BBDO.

Tari Hartman Squire’s EIN SOF Communications (specializing in disability-inclusive diversity strategic marketing and employment) and Loreen Arbus created and produce the LCA2.0 Collaborative with three objectives:

  • Increase employment of people with disabilities in front of, and behind the camera;
  • Improve disability portrayals and reduce stigma;
  • Advocate for access to media with captions and audio descriptions

The LCA2.0 Collaborative is a collection of multi-dimensional initiatives that weaves and braids established traditional and digital media entities (networks, studios, industry associations, unions, production, internet and cable content creator and providers) with authentic disability and diversity leaders, organizations, film festivals, veterans, accelerated high school and college students, recent graduates and transitioning youth. This combination results in a dynamic disability-inclusive diversity commUNITY.

LCA2.0 creates interconnected strategies and tactics to accomplish our three objectives, including:

Regional LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summits are designed for two target audiences: media employers seeking qualified and creative prospective employees and collaborators; mentors in search of mentees with disabilities; and participants who are aspiring media professionals with disabilities or who are Deaf.

Summits are produced in major media markets like New York, Hollywood, Washington, DC, Chicago and Boston. In 2019, plans include exploratory expansion to the San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, Minneapolis and Atlanta, and in the future will include a new component of informational webinars online to reach a larger audience. If you are interested in co-hosting or collaborating on a Career Exploration Summit, click here.

Promotion of the Regional Summits is through email, social media and word-of-mouth to disability, arts and media organizations. Prospective participants are asked to complete a brief online application that includes a personal statement, requests for accessibility accommodations and to upload a resume. The LCA2.0 core leadership team then reviews all of the applications to determine who is accepted into the Summit.

The LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summits are specifically designed with interconnected and interactive career entry and trajectory “employment mapping” activities to empower current and aspiring media professionals with disabilities so that civilians and veterans can explore and develop careers in the media.

The hallmark components of each LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summit includes:

  1. How to Make it in the Media panel discussion with established media professionals with (and without) disabilities;
  2. One-on-one Resume review, speed interviewing and flash mentoring with media companies, and mentors with disabilities;
  3. No One Taught Me How to Mentor workshop, created by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition;
  4. Self-Disclosure: How to Leverage Your Disability to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge workshop, created by PolicyWorks;
  5. Viewing of LCA2.0 partner film clips, and/or live performances by artists with disabilities, including music and dance.

Building on the success of LCA2.0 regional Career Exploration Summits over several years, media employers, mentors and participants have the opportunity to “opt-in” to become part of the first-ever Disability in Media Mentor-Mentee Talent Opportunity Pipeline with our partner, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition.

To keep improving employment outcomes, and generate new mentor-mentee opportunities, participants, mentors and employer submit a pre-summit and post-summit online survey to get a baseline on awareness, and effectiveness of the Summits.

In addition to the regional Summits, workshops and panels, starting in 2019 we are exploring creation of LCA2.0 Informational webinars on a variety of topics for aspiring media professionals to understand the basics of the media industry.

Here is a sneak preview of some of what we have planned for the balance of 2018 and 2019:

LCA2.0 Regional Career Exploration Summits (check back for announcement of online applications):

October 2018 – Hollywood, in collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival Hollywood

April 2019 – New York, in collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival NY

Spring 2019 – Hollywood, in collaboration with industry associations.

August 2019 – Chicago, in collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago

 

Other Co-Branded LCA2.0 Strategies Include:

Internships:

It is proven that internships help fortify career entry and trajectory. The CBS News/LCA2.0/DisBeat Internship for Journalism students, initiated by LCA, is now in its 4thyear. Check back for more details on CBS and other co-branded internships in development.

National Disability Mentoring Coalition: Disability in Media Mentor-Mentee Talent Opportunity Pipeline

The National Disability Mentoring Coalition is building the first-ever Media Mentor-Mentee Talent Opportunity Pipeline to match and track mentees with media mentors in television, advertising, movies, documentaries, news, theatre and interactive. This unique program is designed for aspiring media professionals and filmmakers with disabilities or who are Deaf.

Mentors and mentees will be matched for six month to one-year increments, and LCA2.0 will track career entry and career trajectory of mentees with disabilities, creating and fortifying opportunities for the next generation of media professionals and filmmakers with disabilities.  NDMC also designed and facilitates the signature LCA2.0 Summit networking and mentoring workshop, called No One Taught Me How to Network.

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PolicyWorks Customized Media Curriculum Webinars for Aspiring Media Professionals and Filmmakers with Disabilities

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Based on its critically-acclaimed College-to-Careers (C2C) and Career Access programs, PolicyWorks is lending its expertise to LCA2.0 with design and facilitation of its LCA2.0 participant workshop on Self-Disclosure and How to Leverage My Disability to Sharpen My Competitive Edge. 

Coming in 2019, PolicyWorks will bring its employer-directed training on presentation and other soft skills series of webinars in the form of modules.

This will greatly expand LCA2.0 national impact beyond our regional Summits.

This is an exciting time to improve disability portrayals. For example, Team EIN SOF was tapped by Oath to design, recruit, moderate and analyze focus groups for the creation of The Disability Collection with Oath, National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) and Getty Images to increase authenticity of disability in stock photos. Disability-specific focus group insights formed the basis of the Guidelines for Photographers that was disseminated to 240,000 Getty Images Photographers around the world. Check out The Disability Collectionclick here.  We encourage you to submit photos.

Here are some 2018 LCA2.0 Highlights:

August 14, 2018  — Disability Matters internet radio show with Joyce Bender

BBDO’s Jd Michaels and Autistic Reality’s Alec Frazier and Tari Hartman Squire joined Joyce Bender to talk about LCA2.0, mentoring and media career opportunities for people with disabilities, including Alec meeting his mentor Jd at LCA2.0, BBDO’s Stories About Us Literary Campaign and Alec’s new book Veni, Vidi, Autism

July 31, 2018 – Chicago LCA2.0 Summit

Hosted by the Chicago Film Office/Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. Thanks to our LCA2.0 Chicago planning team and partners identified in the logo block:

 

Chicago Panels

How to Make it in the Media Panel, moderated by Anna Pakman, included:

Omari Jinaki, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Chicago Public Radio

Jd Michaels, BBDO

Reveca Torres, ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago and Backbones

Crom Saunders, Cromania

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2018 LCA2.0 Chicago Collaborative Logo Block:

Top row: Chicago’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, EIN SOF Communications, Loreen Arbus Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Illinois Department of Human Services

Second row: Leo Burnett, Chicago Film Office, ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago, AT&T

Third row: Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, Inclusion in the Arts, University of Illinois, Chicago, Great Lakes ADA Center, Smart Policy Works, Easterseals

Fourth row: Gallaudet University, BBDO, Autistic Reality, FilmDis, PolicyWorks

Fifth row: Meet the Biz, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, DisBeat, SignMation, Inclusion Films

Left of the logo block: Deaf Film Camp

 Media Employers and Mentors included:

Leo Burnett: Michelle Bolanowski, Director of Recruiting

Leo Burnett: Jim Genell, Creative Director

BBDO: Jd Michaels, EVP Diversity and Creative Engineering

AT&T: Denise Werner, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office

AT&T: David Schuringa, Principle Program Manager, AT&T Technology Development

USC School of Cinematic Arts/Movie Business Book: Jason E. Squire

The Wheelchair Chronicles: Justin Cooper

Sliding Board Productions: Bob Ness

ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago: Reveca Torres, Grishma Shah and Matt Lauterbach

Deaf Film Camp: Charmaine Hlibok and Crom Saunders

Disability:IN: Becky Curran, DEI Manager/Disability Media Consult. Anna Pakman

Mike Larks, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

May 2, 2018 – LCA2.0 Visits the USC School of Cinematic Arts:

Panel moderated by Variety’s Tim Gray included (and pictured in the photo left to right):

Jenni Gold, Gold Pictures

David Renaud, staff writer for The Good Doctor

Kaitlyn Yang, Alpha Studios

Steve Letnes, Able Artists Foundation

Deb Calla, Producers Guild of America

Sign Language Interpreter

Tari Hartman Squire, LCA2.0 and EIN SOF

Tim Gray, moderator

Panel moderated by Variety’s Tim Gray

April 11, 2018 – New York LCA2.0 Summit, hosted by BBDO Worldwide

Jd Michaels, EVP of Diversity and Creative Engineering, welcomed everyone along with with Storm Smith and Alec Frazier, former LCA2.0 participants who Jd met in 2016 at LCA2.0 Washington, DC at The White House. Storm is now an Art Director at BBDO, and Alec is editing BBDO’s Stories About Us Campaign and recently published his book Veni, Vidi, Autism.

For the PolicyWorks Workshop, Self-Disclosure: Leveraging Your Disability to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge Elaine Katz of the Kessler Foundation, joined Barbara Butz as co-facilitator.  For the National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Workshop No One Taught Me How to Network, Isha Patel of LinkedIn joined Derek as co-facilitator.

 

New York Panel:

How to Make it In the Media, moderated by Anna Pakman, panelists included:

Jd Michaels, BBDO

Loreen Arbus, Loreen Arbus Productions (co-founder of LCA2.0)

Jennifer Kavanaugh, JK Media

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LCA2.0 NYC Logo Block:

Top row: ReelAbilities Film Festival NY, EIN SOF Communications, Loreen Arbus Foundation, Kessler Foundation

Second row: CBS Corporation Diversity, Meet the Biz, SignMation, BBDO

Third row: Gallaudet University, Autistic Reality, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, Inclusion in the Arts, FilmDis

Fourth row: Inclusion Films, NY Women in Women in Film & Television, PolicyWorks

Fifth row: All Hands in Motion, DisBeat, AVID, T2, City University of NY

Left of the logo block: Deaf Film Camp

Media Mentors and Employers included:

Day Al-Mohamed, Filmmaker and Lead On Network

Jo-Ann Dean, SIGNmation

Alec Frazier, Autistic Reality

Xian Horn, Give Beauty Wings

Michael Kaufer, Deaf Film Camp

Jennifer Kavanagh, JK Media

Marty Klein, Why Can’t We Serve

Gloria Lin, American Association of Advertising Agencies

Barbara Matos, CBS Corporation Diversity

Sarah Melone, Inclusion Films

Jd Michaels, BBDO NY

Anna Pakman

Disability Rights Singer/Songwriter Johnny Crescendo

Storm Smith, BBDO and Deaf Film Camp

Lori Sokol, Women’s eNews

Nicole Turon-Diaz, Inclusion Films

David Zimmerman, Meet the Biz

Michael Kaufer, Deaf Film Camp

The closing segment included a command performance by disability rights activist, singer/songwriter Johnny Crescendo who sang Pride and Choices & Rights, and clips were shown from Deaf Film Camp, Inclusion Films Workshop and Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, along with birthday cupcakes for Tari and Poppin Joe’s delicious popcorn.

We look forward to LCA2.0 returning to NYC next year to coincide with ReelAbilities Film Festival in April 2019. Check back for more details and application instructions.

March 21, 2018Boston LCA2.0 Panel Webinar (snowed out from live event, but we presented our How to Make It in the Media panel online). It included:

Anna Pakman, moderator

Jd Michaels, BBDO

Michael Kaufer, Deaf Film Camp

Jeff Pardo, Google

Julio Ricardo Varela, Futuro Media Group

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2018 LCA2.0 Boston Collaborative Logo Block:

Top row: Northeastern University, EIN SOF Communications, Loreen Arbus Foundation, ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston

Second row: WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media, Meet the Biz, SignMation, Inclusion Films

Third row: BBDO, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, DisBeat, Inclusion in the Arts, FilmDis

Fourth row: No Limits Media, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, PolicyWorks, Mass Cultural Council, UMass Institute for Community Inclusion

Left of the logo block: Deaf Film Camp

2017 LCA2.0 Highlights:

2017 proved to be a banner year as the entertainment industry further embraced LCA2.0 as its trusted disability-inclusive diversity partner of choice:

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Not once, but twice, the Television Academy honored LCA2.0. First, in a featured article, entitled Seasons of Change in EMMY Magazine on LCA2.0 industry activities and collaboration with the Ruderman Family Foundation in the creation of our TV Challenge.

Second, LCA2.0 was also featured in the Television Academy’s prestigious video series, entitled Taking Action chronicling our successful LCA2.0 Summit with CBS Diversity held April 3, 2017.

Collaborations with Ruderman Foundation: TV Challenge:

The Ruderman White Paper on the Employment of Actors with Disabilities in TV revealed 95% of top TV series characters with disabilities are played by non-disabled actors. The imperative for diversity is widespread throughout the industry and disability is part of diversity. Having laid groundwork for this assertion, this second Ruderman White Paper, moved from conversation to a call-to-action.

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Ruderman Studio-Wide Roundtable photo with RJ Mitte, Robert David Hall, Orlando Bloom, Danny Woodburn, Jay Ruderman, Micah Fowler and Marlee Matlin

Co-authored by the Foundation, Tari Hartman Squire (Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0) and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell (NCIS: New Orleans) the 2017 Ruderman TV Challenge issued a soft challenge to creators of scripted television pilots and series – 151 pilots across 39 delivery platforms of broadcast, cable and internet for the 2017-2018 TV pilot season, asking them to audition and cast more performers with disabilities, including “five lines & under” and background or atmosphere roles.

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Results: CBS leads in employment with 11 series and pilots that hired performers with disabilities across the network, while 61% of Fox’s dramas (14 out of 23) and 69% of its comedies (nine of 13) auditioned performers with disabilities for the 2017-2018 pilot and current TV seasons. Check out coverage in Deadline Hollywood.

April 3, 2017 - CBS Diversity LCA2.0 Networking Summit and Panel:

CBS Corporation Diversity and CBS Entertainment Diversity hosted an LCA2.0 Summit for 50 aspiring filmmakers and media professionals with disabilities or who are Deaf.

After a wonderful welcome by Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, EVP, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment,CBS Executives from casting, diversity, public affairs, HR and other divisions hosted tables for speed interviews and informational networking. Thanks to CBS Executives for your leadership and providing great feedback and insights to the next generation of media professional and filmmakers with disabilities:

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Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, EVP, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion and Communications, CBS Entertainment

Catrice Monson, SVP, Diversity and Inclusion, CBS Corporate

Whitney Davis, Manager, Entertainment Diversity, CBS Entertainment

Fern Orenstein, SVP, Talent & Casting, CBS Entertainment

Lucy Cavallo, SVP, Talent & Casting, CBS Entertainment

Dorey Poder, Director, Talent & Casting, CBS Entertainment

Alice Mayer, Director, Human Resources, CBS

Huma Javed, Director, Human Resources, CBS

SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disabilities Committee Chair Danny Woodburn who also authored the Ruderman White Paper on the Employment of Actors with Disabilities moderated a lively panel discussion with:

DJ Kurs, Artistic Director, Deaf West Theatre

James LeBrecht, Berkeley Sound Artists

Gail Williamson, Diversity, KRM Talent Agency

David Renaud, staff writer for Pure Genius

In addition, RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad also served as a mentor for participants, along with members of the Writers Guild of America Committee of Writers with Disabilities.  The Television Academy covered the dynamic event in its Taking Action video series. Check it out – click here.

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Thanks to all our employers and mentors:

Barbara Butz & Steve Allen-PolicyWorks

Derek Shields-National Disability Mentoring Coalition

Charmaine Hlibok & Michael Kaufer-Deaf Film Camp

Jo-Ann Dean-SIGNmation

Joey Travolta-Inclusion Films Workshop

Michelle Alford-Williams & Wan-Chun Chang/DOR

David Zimmerman-Meet the Biz

Nic Novicki-Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

Anastasia Bacigalupo & Stephanie Hydal-WCIL

David Ratcliffe & Michael Dougherty-WGA Disability Committee

Tery Lopez & Allen Rucker-Writers Guild of America

Jason E. Squire-The Movie Business Book/USC School of Cinematic Arts

Geri Jewell, RJ Mitte & John Lawson

And Trevor Drinkwater-ARC Entertainment

April 24, 2017: The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors:

One of the most prestigious Hollywood entities is “The Caucus” composed of legendary and up-and-coming Hollywood executives. These seasoned professionals chose LCA2.0 to partner and create an evening of disability awareness on April 24, 2017, entitled, LCA2.0 Disability Through a Brand New Lens. On its website, The Caucus also included a disability awareness survey for its members to coincide with the Ruderman TV Challenge in collaboration with LCA2.0.

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The panel, moderated by Loreen Arbus and Tari Hartman Squire, Creators of LCA2.0 included:

Scott Silveri, Creator, Executive Producer of ABC hit series Speechless;

Ben Lewin, Writer-Director of the Award-winning feature, The Sessions;

Allen Rucker, Chair, Writers Guild of America’s Writers with Disabilities Committee;

Angela Rockwood, model, creator-star of Sundance Channel’s Push Girls;

Sandra Mae Frank, Deaf West Theatre;

Tari Hartman Squire, CEO EIN SOF Communications, Creator, LCA2.0 Collaborative

Read about The Caucus Panel here.

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Caucus member Loreen Arbus (Center) moderated the “Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0: Disability Through a Brand New Lens” Panel which included Panelists (L-R) Scott Silveri, Creator, Executive Producer Speechless; Allen Rucker, chair, Writers Guild of America West, Writers with Disabilities Committee; Ben Lewin, Writer/Director The Sessions; and director of features and episodic television, including Speechless; Loreen Arbus; Tanya Hart, The Caucus Co-Chair; Tari Hartman Squire, EIN SOF Communications, Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 and Ruderman TV Challenge; Vin Di Bona, The Caucus Chair’s Council; Angela Rockwood, Actress, Model and Producer, Push Girls, and Sandra Mae Frank, Assistant Director Deaf West Theatre’s At Home AT The Zoo @ The Wallis, and Lead Actress Deaf West Theatre’s 2016 Tony Nominated Best Musical Revival Spring Awakening. Photo Credit: David Metzler

Back by popular demand

In Spring 2019, the Caucus will produce another LCA2.0 industry panel – check back for details.

May 3, 2017 - Bentonville Film Festival:

At the 2017 Bentonville Film Festival, in addition to Loreen Arbus’ “Fireside Chat” on philanthropy and disability, the Festival highlighted a lively discussion on the arts and disability featuring Inclusion Films Workshop’s Joey Travolta, and Hester Wagner (who served as moderator), Jane Seymour, Maysoon Zayid, Tari Hartman Squire and local Bentonville professionals working with kids with disabilities.

The event was so successful, a follow-up disability in media panel was convened in 2018 with RJ Mitte, Becky Curran, and Gail Williamson.

Check back for disability-inclusive diversity updates for 2019 BFF Film Festival.

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LCA 2.0 Core Leadership Team Partners and Collaborators:

PolicyWorks

National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC)

Deaf Film Camp

Inclusion Films Workshop

SIGNmation

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

BBDO

DisBeat

Looking Back at 2016:

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 produced three LCA2.0 “Call-to-Action” Summits with Resume Review, Speed Interviews, Flash Mentoring, networking and informational panel called How to Make It in the Media moderated by Anna Pakman:

Thanks to the 2016 LCA2.0 Summit hosts:

October 31, 2016 – CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

November 14, 2016 – The White House

December 12, 2016 – The White House, hosted by Gallaudet University

The three 2016 Summits brought together 25 media employers and mentors with disabilities to meet 75 high school, college students, recent grads and transitioning youth with disabilities from CA, DC, IL, GA, MD, NY, PA, and VA.

Disabilities of the participants included: Amputee; Autistic; Bipolar; CP; Deaf; Depression; Hard of Hearing; Learning Disabilities; Low Vision. There was a diverse combination of participants of color with disabilities, including LGBT.

As with all LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summits, the participants were both traditional and non-traditional aged and GPAs ranged from 2.70 to 4.0.

Majors included broadcasting, digital arts, acting, directing, journalism, film, disability studies, international studies, social work, communications, media arts, entertainment technology, digital cinema and new media.

Check out some of the 2016 blogs about LCA2.0:

Beth Haller’s Media dis&dat

Alec Frazier’s Autistic Reality

Derek Shields’ National Disability Mentoring Coalition: ALF Goes to The White House

Remembering 2015:

On July 13 and July 14, 2015, we convened two Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Think Tanks in New York that were official NYC ADA25 events to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Leadership Awards were given to CBS and the FCC for their disability-inclusive diversity leadership.

 

2015 LCA2.0 Think Tanks Coincided with ADA25

July 13 was focused on emerging digital platforms and included a keynote by Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist of Google and one of the two inventors or the Internet. Presentation by other companies included AT&T, Comcast, Panasonic and Yahoo!

July 14 was focused on the Disability Narrative Imperative and featured unions, networks, industry associations, disability leaders and storytellers with disabilities across a variety of genres such as theatre, interactive, gaming, radio, film, broadcasting and television.

If you would like to invest in Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0develop a co-branded internship or scholarship, our fiscal agent is New York Women in Film and Television. To invest, click here.

To receive updates on Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0, and explore investment, mentoring and mentee opportunities, click here.

LCA2.0 Success

In honor of the 28thAnniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA28) the Los Angeles-based Disability Community Resource Center (DCRC) awarded LCA2.0 the prestigious Douglas A. Martin Award of Excellent.

Accepted by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) as a “Commitment to Action,” EIN SOF Communications, Inc. and The Loreen Arbus Foundation are teaming up to produce this comprehensive initiative that includes disability-inclusive diversity advertising, entertainment, interactive and broadcast “Think Tanks” and “Call-to-Action” summits to improve disability portrayals on large, small and personal screens, increase employment of civilians and veterans with disabilities in front of the camera and behind the scenes, and increase accessible entertainment for audiences with a variety of disabilities.

Check out Loreen and Tari’s CGI Commitment to Action captioned video in sign language, click here.

 

Best practices and success stories in advertising that tap the $220 billion disability market include: Honey Maid’s This is Wholesome campaign by Droga5 with disability rights attorney Stephanie Woodward; Wells Fargo’s Sign Language commercial by BBDO; Duracell’s Trust Your Powercommercial with Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman; Petco’s Co-Pilots spot; and Guinness’ Wheelchair Basketball commercial, by BBDO NY.

Disability-savvy television shows include Switched at BirthAmerican Horror StoryCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBreaking BadPush GirlsNCIS: New Orleans, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Madam Secretary that employs performers with disabilities in the background to more accurately reflect the 8.38% (non foreign service) employment rate of people with disabilities and veterans (with a 30% disability) that work at the real State Department.

LCA2.0 Back Story:

LCA2.0 has its roots in the Television Academy’s Diversity Committee when, eight years ago, EIN SOF produced the original Lights! Camera! Access! “Call-to-Action” Summit for the U.S. Department of Labor, with former Secretary Hilda Solis and former Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez in attendance who issued soft challenges to the entertainment industry to increase employment and improve portrayals.   LCA has its roots in the success of the Media Access Awards (started by Norman Lear, Fern Field and Loreen Arbus in 1978) and the Media Access Office (Tari Hartman  Squire was Founding Executive Director who established its signature programs like the Official Casting Clearinghouse for Performers with Disabilities; Talent Showcases; Technical Assistance, Script Consultation and Media Advocacy.

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Think Tanks and Career Exploration Summits will bring together advertising, entertainment, interactive, news and broadcast executives with disability-inclusive diversity thought leaders, universities, unions and grass roots organizations for full-day, half-day, or two-hour events (in New York, Hollywood, DC, Boston, Chicago and other major media markets) to build a more sustainable talent pipeline with our strategic partners.

The LCA2.0 Collaborative includes EIN SOF Communications, The Loreen Arbus Foundation, ADA Legacy Project’s DisBeat, AT&T, Able Artists Foundation, Access Living, Alpha Studios, American Association of Advertising Agencies, Angell Foundation, Autistic Reality, BBDO, CBS, Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, Chicago Film Office, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, CUNY Coalition of Students with Disabilities, CUNY LEADS, Deaf Film Camp, Disability Community Resource Center, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, FilmDis, ForwardWorks, Gallaudet University, Great Lakes ADA Center, IL Department of Human Services, Inclusion Film Camp, Institute for Community Inclusion (at UMass Boston), Kessler Foundation, Leo Burnett, Meet the Biz, MA Cultural Council, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, National Technical Institute of the Deaf, No Limits Media, Northeastern University, NY Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, NY Women in Film & Television, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, PolicyWorks, Poses Foundation, ReelAbilities Film Festivals (Boston, Chicago, Hollywood and New York), Ruderman Family Foundation, SignMation, Sliding Board Productions, Smart Policy Works, UMassBoston, Wheelchair Chronicles, WGBH National Center for Accessible Media, and others.

We welcome you to join the growing LCA2.0 Collaborative.