Deaf Film Camp Participant (Photograph Credit: Tate Tullier)

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 — Boston

Disability & Media Industry Summit • March 21

According to the 2016 Ruderman Foundation White Paper, 95% of television characters with disabilities are portrayed by non-disabled actors.

Underrepresentation of people with disabilities exists in ALL forms of traditional media, broadcast and entertainment, as well as emerging digital platforms in front of and behind the scenes.

This stark underrepresentation contributes to a severe lack of professional media role models for youth with disabilities and perpetuates the myth of “invisibility” of people with disabilities.

Results from the 2017 Ruderman TV Challenge in collaboration with LCA2.0 revealed progress is happening in scripted television with CBS Entertainment and Fox Television Studios taking the lead.


Calling all college students, recent graduates and veterans with disabilities, faculty, corporate leaders, and friends! Help diversify the talent pipeline in front of and behind the camera. Read the below details and APPLY NOW!

EIN SOF Communications & Loreen Arbus Foundation —

in collaboration with Deaf Film Camp; Easterseals Disability Film Challenge; Inclusion Films Workshop; Mass Cultural Council; National Center for Accessible Media — WGBH; National Disability Mentoring Coalition; No Limits Media; Northeastern University Career Development, Northeastern University Disability Resource Center; Partners for Youth with Disabilities; PolicyWorks; ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston; UMASS Boston Institute for Community Inclusion

proudly announce a new Disability and Media Summit in conjunction with the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival.

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0

Disability & Media Industry Call-to-Action Summit

in collaboration with the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival

March 21st

1:30pm — 4:30pm

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Participants and Employers at previous Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 event in New York at CUNY’s John Jay College during Speed Interviews and Flash Mentoring

The Summit focus is to expand opportunities for aspiring media professionals with disabilities, with Resume Reviews, Speed Interviews, Flash Mentoring and Networking by media professionals with and without disabilities. Confirmed participants include leaders from BBDO Worldwide Advertising Agency, Deaf Film Camp, Inclusion Films, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, and PolicyWorks. More participants are invited and will be added as they confirm.

…expand opportunities for aspiring media professionals with disabilities with Resume Reviews, Speed Interviews, Flash Mentoring and Networking by media professionals with and without disabilities…

Mentors & participants from previous Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 event for Aspiring Media Professionals with Disabilities

We are calling on our network of students, recent graduates, and veterans with disabilities; disability services professionals; and academic and corporate leaders to help disseminate this announcement to all who might be interested in participating in the Summit. Kindly forward this announcement to your networks with a reminder the application deadline is now 12:00 noon ET on March 12, 2018 (Deadline Extended).

How to Apply

Interested applicants are asked to submit an online application.

For the requested personal statement, applicants are asked to explain their interest in media and how their personal experience with disability makes them a good candidate for the Summit.

A panel of academic and media professionals with and without disabilities will select candidates to participate. All applicants will be added to our database for media employers to consider for LCA2.0 recruiting events, webinars, future internships, scholarships and apprenticeships, and the Cornell University/National Disability Mentoring Coalition Media Mentoring Opportunity Talent Pipeline.

If interested in attending, please remember to submit the application by 12:00 noon ET on March 14, 2018!

Please send questions with the subject line “LCA2.0 Boston Summit” to

Image: ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston Logo

LCA2.0 participants are also encouraged to participate in the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival activities. Opening night of the festival is also on March 21st, with Sanctuary being shown at the Museum of Science at 6:30pm. We hope all LCA2.0 Summit participants will get tickets and attend opening night. We will conclude Summit activities in time for participants to arrive at the Museum of Science in advance of the beginning of the film. Learn more about the specific activities, showings and get tickets by visiting the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival website.

Thank you from all of us on the Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Team


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