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Breaking Down The Barriers For People With Disabilities In Media
Welcoming remarks by Academy Governor and Oscar®-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg
Hosted by Oscar®-winning actor Marlee Matlin
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Academy will present a special virtual program titled ACCESSABILITY/VISABILITY: Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities in Media, featuring conversations with filmmakers with disabilities examining the struggles and successes of the disabled community in Hollywood.
Panels in order of presentation are as follows:
Authentic Representation: Why it Matters and How Far We Have Come
Featuring a discussion about the representation of people with disabilities in Hollywood, how it has evolved, and what future progress still needs to be made. With actor Danny Woodburn, actor and comedian Maysoon Zayid, and talent manager Eryn Brown.
Behind the Camera: Why Inclusion Benefits Us All
The importance of inclusion not only in front of the camera, but behind the camera as well. With filmmakers Jenni Gold and Jim LeBrecht and FX supervisor Kaitlyn Yang.
Fresh Voices: Hollywood’s Untapped Talent and Unlimited Potential
The future of representation both in front of and behind the camera. With animation director Jorge Gutierrez and actors Millicent Simmonds and Zack Gottsagen.
ASL, CART and audio descriptions will be available.
This program is made possible in part by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which promotes authentic representation in the entertainment industry and full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout all sectors of society.
Additional support provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.