An Interview with Elaine Hall, Founder of “The Miracle Project” and Mother of a Non-Speaking Autistic Adult, On the Concept of “Profound Autism”

January 27th, 2023

Michael John Carley: Elaine, tell me about your son, Neal.

Elaine Hall: Neal Katz is a 28-year-old autistic multi-modality communicator who uses gestures, vocalizations, some ASL, AAC, and supported typing to communicate his wants, needs, and complex ideas. He lives in his own apartment with a roommate, has 24/7 staff, and loves to take long walks to self-regulate. He enjoys nature, the beach and chocolate. He has a beautiful, sensitive soul and is loved by many. Through Neal’s typing, he communicates complex ideas, intense feelings.

NBCUniversal Teams With 1in4 Coalition in Diversity Plan for Disabled Representation (EXCLUSIVE)

Oct 31, 2022

NBCUniversal has joined the 1in4 Coalition’s mission to increase access, employment and authentic representation of disabled people on and off the screen. The partnership furthers NBCUniversal’s commitment to disability representation and marks 1in4’s first partnership with a broadcast media and entertainment company.

1in4 Coalition Schedules Second Edition of Disabled Writers Program

Aug 04, 2022

The 1in4 Coalition is accepting applications for the second edition of its Disabled Writers Mentorship Program. The first program launched in March, selecting 14 individuals who each had a complete script, pilot or play. Each mentee was matched with an industry artist or professional from companies such as CAA, Showtime and Shondaland.

Film Festival Accessibility to Be Assessed in New Scorecard Initiative (EXCLUSIVE)

Jun 1, 2022

A new “Accessibility Scorecard” launched this summer will aim to help U.S. and international film festivals assess and improve their accessibility measures, Variety can reveal.

Hollywood Disability Rights Groups Call on Cannes to Increase Accessibility

MAY 19, 2022

“Next year’s festival should be a sharp, vivid contrast to 2022’s lackluster response to the growing, ongoing outrage over the dismal lack of inclusion at Cannes,” said Oscar nominee Jim LeBrecht, co-founder of FWD-Doc.

Press Reset: BFI renews urgent call for change for disabled talent in the screen industries

Dic 02, 2021

The BFI, together with its Disability Screen Advisory Group, today launches Press Reset on the eve of the International Day of Disability. The second iteration of this digital campaign, Press Reset 2021 tackles the damaging impacts of ableism, and urgently calls for the screen sector to change how it engages with Disabled talent behind and in front of the camera.

Global Orgs Rally for Greater Adoption of Captioning and Audio Descriptions

Nov 17, 2021

When a fire alarm was triggered on Sept. 25 at London’s Red Bee Media — the company that’s the distribution hub for many U.K. broadcasters — the BBC and Channel 4 went off air for a few hours on a Saturday night.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility: Trends, Updates and the DEIA Leadership Forum

Nov 16, 2021
Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing is excited to announce The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Leadership Forum featuring a series of panel conversations with inclusive business leaders.

How 1IN4 Coalition Amplifies Authentic Representation of Disabled Creatives in Hollywood

Nov 10, 2021

Winners of the 93rd Academy Awards were unveiled April 25, a day that included another notable announcement: The creation of 1in4, an advocacy group to help disabled workers starting out in entertainment. The coalition was formed when 10 vets began exchanging tales of navigating the industry.

The 1IN4 Coalition is Cracking Open Doors for Disabled People in Hollywood

JUL 19, 2021
Few roles about disabled people exist in entertainment, and those are rarely played by a disabled actor. The 1in4 Coalition is out to change this.

Netflix, Shonda Rhimes Extend Deal to Include Feature Films, Gaming and Virtual Reality Content

July 08,2021

Netflix and Shonda Rhimes are extending their creative relationship, inked in 2017, beyond television to feature films and gaming. Under the terms of the expanded deal, which encompasses Rhimes’ Shondaland Media and her longtime producing partner Betsy Beers, Netflix and Shondaland will exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films in addition to potential gaming and virtual reality content.

In ‘Luca,’ a Character’s Disability Doesn’t Define Him

July 02,2021
Pixar’s latest film deftly features a character born without an arm. Here’s how a director of “Crip Camp” came to consult on the project.

Why I kept my disability hidden from the fashion world

June 06, 2021

Mark Smith was born with three fingers missing, a physical difference he spent years trying to disguise. He writes candidly about how, aged 40, he is finally ready to ‘come out’

This manager is working toward diversity in Hollywood — and that includes those with disabilities

May 13, 2021
After her first experience of the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, talent manager Eryn Brown wanted to end her nascent Hollywood career.

My Win As The First Disabled Black Woman On The Oscars Red Carpet, Essence

April 30,2021
Sunday evening, when my rhinestone-lined wheelchair tires rolled onto the iconic Oscars red carpet, I inhaled deeply, embracing the fact that I was making history as the first visibly disabled Black woman at the Academy Awards.

Time’s Up & 1IN4 Coalition Seeks New Standards For Hollywood’s Inclusion of People With Disabilities, Deadline

April 27, 2021
The Time’s Up Foundation has joined with 1IN4, a coalition of disabled Hollywood workers, in calling for “long-term institutional shifts” in the film and TV industry to increase employment opportunities and authentic portrayals of the disabled community on screen, behind the camera, and in the media.

This Oscar nominee plans to shatter the film world's ableism, MSNBC

April 25, 2021
For the very first time in its 93-year history, the Academy Awards nominated a director with a visible disability. If that statement conjures both satisfaction and indignation, you’re not alone.


October 26, 2020
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Academy will present a special virtual program titled AccessAbility/VisAbility: Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities in Media, featuring conversations with filmmakers with disabilities examining the struggles and successes of the disabled community in Hollywood. Hosted by Oscar®-winning actor Marlee Matlin.

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