Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 — Hollywood

Career Exploration Summit • February 20, 2019

Deaf Film Camp Participant (Photograph Credit: Tate Tullier)
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 BBDO, Deaf Film Camp, DisBeat, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, FilmDis, Inclusion Films Workshop, Meet the Biz, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, PolicyWorks along with our Hollywood partners proudly announce a new Disability and Media Career Exploration Summit:

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Career Exploration Summit

February 20, 2019 12:30pm — 4:30pm

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 that the application deadline is 8:00PM PT on February 8, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are asked to submit an online application.

For individuals in Northern California, please be aware that we will be hosting a similar Summit in May 2018 and we kindly request for you to attend apply to attend that event.

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 8:00pm PT on February 8, 2019!

As a final reminder, we will be hosting a similar Summit for Northern California participants in May and kindly request individuals living in that part of the state apply to the May event when that application becomes available.

Please send questions with the subject line “2019 LCA2.0 Hollywood Summit” to

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

About the National Disability Mentoring Coalition: The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition’s objectives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. Learn more about the NDMC and mentoring as a disability inclusion strategy, review its Membership, and visit the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame at

This #DisabilityMentors publication is a space for individuals to share stories and testimonials to elevate the importance of establishing a national disability mentoring policy and increase funding to enable more mentors to raise expectations, build confidence and positively impact youth and adults with disabilities.