to change the way the world
defines and views disability.
is on a Mission
to change the way the world defines and views disability.
Entertainment has the ability to influence, inspire and shift people’s perceptions to advance social change. That’s why, we are actively working within the entertainment industry to expand disability representation through a number of Easterseals-driven initiatives and activities, including our two signature events.
This weekend-long filmmaking contest, open to all, provides a platform for new voices to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter. A number of aspiring filmmakers and talent credit the film challenge for advancing their careers.
The Media Access Awards is the world’s top awards ceremony honoring people in the film and television industries who are advancing the accurate portrayals and employment of people with disabilities. This annual virtual show, done in partnership with Easterseals Disability Services, honors entertainment industry professionals who have advanced disability-related narrative and employment in fields of writing, producing, casting, performance, and directing.
Disability is part of our collective humanity; it touches all of us. We make a profound, positive difference in people’s lives everyday – it’s something Easterseals has been doing for more than 100 years. We provide an array of quality services for people with disabilities and their families, helping them to address life’s challenges, achieve personal goals, and realize their dreams. Our vision is to make Southern California the most inclusive place to live, the absolute, very best community for people with disabilities in the country.
And we’re starting right here in Hollywood, where Easterseals, together with our many entertainment partners, are giving voice to the most under-represented minority group, and yet the largest – people with disabilities.
We’re breaking down misperceptions and stigmas, and making certain people with disabilities are included in front of and behind the camera. We’re enriching storytelling, giving deeper dimension to how we see ourselves, and how we understand and empathize with other people.
Because stories matter. Thanks to widespread support, we’re making real progress, like never before. Together, we can change the way the world defines and views disability – and make it a more just, inclusive, representative and equitable place in the process.
We hope you see Easterseals as your disability inclusion resource.
We’d be proud to collaborate on your diversity and inclusion goals, whether in front of or behind the camera – or even at your office. We offer support in hiring people with disabilities, identifying, training, recruiting and coaching. And, we like to make connections, share insights and help navigate how best to engage the ever-growing and active group of talent and creatives with disabilities.