#RepresentationMatters for People with Disabilities

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Where We Are On TV 2017-2018
#RepresentationMatters for People with Disabilities
– Lauren Appelbaum, RespectAbility Communications Director
RespectAbility congratulates GLAAD on releasing the 2017-2018 Where We Are on TV Report, which includes the only analysis of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks of characters with disabilities. The amount of regular primetime broadcast characters counted who have a disability has slightly increased to 1.8 percent, but that number still vastly underrepresents the actualities of Americans with disabilities.
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DON’T MISS THESE SHOWS WITH ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES
Love You More Serves Bridget Everett Boldness
– Joe Reid, Decider
Amazon is introducing a new half-hour comedy from the creator of Sex and the City that features a slew of actors with Down syndrome. The comedy stars Bridget Everett as Karen Best, a counselor at an independent living residence for young adults with Down syndrome. The reviews are in and they say to stream it! 
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JT, John Tucker plays Big D, a funny guy with a big attitude, seen here working on his independent skills, pealing potatoes.
Coby Bird and Freddie Highmore on set of The Good Doctor
Coby Bird, Actor with Autism, to Guest Star on The Good Doctor
– Lauren Appelbaum, RespectAbility
Coby Bird will be a guest star on ABC’s The Good Doctor on Monday, Nov 13. Bird, who has autism, plays a patient with autism who causes the main character, Dr. Shaun Murphy, to reflect on his own diagnosis of autism. The series airs on Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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NEWS YOU CAN USE
Divas with Disabilities
Bringing Real Diversity to Hollywood: A Divas Perspective
– By Tatiana Lee,
Accessible Hollywood
Tatiana Lee, a Diva with a Disability, participated in a week-long trip in Los Angeles with RespectAbility, meeting with others who care about diversity and inclusion.
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Accessibility in Arts Funding Programs, Events and Materials
– Southern California Grantmakers
This webinar will discuss why accessibility is a social justice issue for arts philanthropy and how to identify and reduce barriers to access in funding programs, events and materials.
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two employees, one in a wheelchair, working on a laptop
Accenture, EY, Google, Microsoft: Value Employees With Disabilities
– Paolo Gaudiano,
Forbes
These organizations reported positive impact and ROI from hiring people with disabilities, as well as quantitative evidence that certain types of disabilities enhance skills.
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