Photo of Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 collaborators, a diverse mix of individuals with and without disabilities standing and sitting in front of large window at the CBS-hosted LCA2.0 Summit.

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 New York City

Disability & Media Industry Summit • March 8, 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 23rd at 12:00 noon ET

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.

EIN SOF Communications & Loreen Arbus Foundation — in collaboration with BBDO NY; CBS Corporation Diversity; Deaf Film Camp; DisBeat; Easterseals Disability Film Challenge; Inclusion Films Workshop; Kessler Foundation; Meet the Biz; New York Women in Film & Television; National Disability Mentoring Coalition; PolicyWorks; and SIGNmation— proudly announce a new Disability and Media Summit in conjunction with the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival.

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 — New York City
Disability & Media Industry Call-to-Action Summit
in collaboration with the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival

Thursday, March 8th 1:00pm — 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 NY Advertising Agency, CBS Corporation Diversity, Deaf Film Camp, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, 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; academic and corporate leaders to help disseminate this announcement to all who might be interested in participating in the Summit.

Kindly share this announcement with your networks with a reminder the application deadline is 12:00 noon ET on February 23, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are asked to submit an ONLINE APPLICATION FORM that includes two personal statements, a resume and requests for accessibility accommodations.

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 February 23, 2018!

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

New York ReelAbilities Film Festival Logo, with ‘jcc manhattan’ listed in upper left corder.

LCA2.0 participants are also encouraged to participate in the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival activities. Learn more about the specific activities and showings by visiting their website.

Image of Kessler Foundation logo with slogan, Changing the lives of people with disabilities.
Image of CBS Corporation logo with Diversity: Inclusion, Outreach, Impact slogan to the right.

Thank you to the Kessler Foundation and CBS Corporation Diversity for support and sponsorship of the NYC LCA2.0 March 8th Summit.

We look forward to working with you to help fuel inclusion of people with disabilities in media sectors and communities across the nation.

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

EIN SOF Communications, Loreen Arbus Foundation, City University of New York (CUNY LEADS & CUNY Coalition of Students with Disabilities), Deaf Film Camp, DisBeat, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, Gallaudet University, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, PolicyWorks, SIGNmation and NY Women in Film & Television.