Ability First provides programs and services to help children and adults with physical and development disabilities reach their full potential throughout their lives by offering a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs and accessible residential housing complexes.
Bethune Theatredanse is one of the first dance companies in America to create and conduct participatory arts programs for disabled youth using multimedia and dance.
Braille Institute’s mission is empowering visually impaired people to live fulfilling lives.
Captioning Key The DCMP is a unique accessible media resource serving the United States and its territories. DCMP services include: (1) a library of free-loan described and captioned educational media for K-12, (2) a clearinghouse of information on media access, and (3) a center for training and evaluation of captioning service providers.
Down Syndrome in Arts and Media works with the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles and other Ds Affiliates across the U.S. to provide: 1) Casting Liaison for Talent with Ds and other developmental disabilities, 2) Script Consultation, 3) Visual Artist Referrals and 4) Media Advocacy. www.DSiAM.org.
Disability Rights Legal Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization that has been protecting the rights of people with disabilities for 33 years through litigation, advocacy, training, mediation and education.
Glossary of Preferred Terms: Many phrases that might be thought of as inappropriate are perfectly acceptable, however. People who use wheelchairs do “go for walks.” It is perfectly acceptable to say to a person with a visual disability, “See you later,” or to a Deaf person, “Did you hear about…” Common, everyday phrases of this kind are unlikely to cause offense.
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) ensures equal access of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts by promoting of social, recreational, cultural, educational and vocational well-being of its constituents.
I AM PWD: Tri-Union (SAG, AFTRA, Actors’ Equity) campaign for Inclusion in the Arts and Media of People with Disabilities. The mission is to enhance the status and promote the advancement of performers with disabilities; nurture members knowledge and skills; improve members professional careers through the sharing and dispersing of information; promote the profession as a whole; further the understanding of the profession and foster understanding and respect for the disabled performers within; develop and improve working standards and assist in the continuing development of ethical standards for practitioners in the industry.
Listening with an Open Eye is intended to provide employers background and practical information with respect to working with Deaf and hard- of-hearing actors in auditions, rehearsal and performance. In order to present this information in the most accessible format, Listening with an Open Eye is available only online.
Media Access Office (M.A.O.) is a no- fee casting liaison service representing more than 900 performers with disabilities. Created in 1980 by the California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities under the California Employment Development Department, M.A.O. actively promotes the employment and accurate portrayal of persons with disabilities in all areas of the media and entertainment industry, ensuring that the industry recognizes people with disabilities as part of cultural diversity.
Media Image Coalition is a program of the Los Angeles Country Commission on Human Relations, with a mission to promote increased visibility, diversity and balanced imagery of ethnic, cultural, racial and religious groups, women, LGBTQ, seniors, people with disabilities and other protected groups subject to unfair portrayals in media and the arts.
National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA provides resources, information and training focused on the inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.
Performing Arts Studio West provides professional hands-on individualized training, career management, and on-location support for performers with developmental disabilities working in film, television and commercials.
Tarjan Center at UCLA provides leadership in education, research and innovative practices that support the quality of life and community inclusion of all people with disabilities.
The Iris Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), develops training enhancements materials to be used by faculty and professional development providers for the preparation of current and future school personnel. The Center works with experts from across the nation to create challenge-based interactive modules, case study units, and a variety of activities, the purpose of which is to provide research-validated information about working with students with disabilities in inclusive settings. All IRIS materials are available free of charge through the IRIS website.
Writers Guild Foundation & Shavelson-Webb Library: The WGF is a 501 (c) 3 charitable and educational organization, closely associated with the Writers Guild of America West, whose mission is to preserve and promote excellence in writing and to advance the recognition of the writer’s unique contribution to the art of film and television. In addition to the Library, the WGF has educational outreach programs and screenwriting events including Writers on Writing, an ongoing interview series with writers; two major award nominee panels, Sublime Primetime (Emmy’s) and Beyond Words (Academy Awards); craft days with workshops, screenings and established writers as speakers; and special events, including the Living Legends Festival, which includes screening and Q&A with screenwriters of classic films.
Writers Guild of America, West, Writers with Disabilities Committee seeks ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television.
Written on the Body: A Conversation About Disability: On April 18, 2006, a group of writers, actors, directors, and filmmakers gathered at HBO headquarters in New York City to discuss how to write about disability today. The conversation focused on how to create authentic portrayals of disability. The panel discussed what distinguishes authentic portrayals from clichéd, symbolic, or token representations of disability. Panelists characterized disability as a minority “whose stories had not been told,” and emphasized the natural connections between disability and other social issues (poverty, race, sexuality, family).
New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities works hand-in-hand with other City agencies to assure that the voice of the disabled community is represented and that City programs and policies address the needs of people with disabilities.
Civil Rights & Disability Laws, Associations & Information
American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Civil Rights Act of 1991
Consumer’s Guide to Disability Laws
Law, Health Policy & Disability Center
National Disability Rights Network
National Institute of Standards and Technology Election Assistance
Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973
U.S. Department of Justice ADA home page
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Homepage
U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Division Homepage
U.S. Department of Justice: A Guide to Disability Rights Laws