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Watch: How Disabled Writers Are Changing the Landscape of the Entertainment Industry

The RespectAbility Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities is aiming to increase and improve the representation of disabled writers in TV writers’ rooms. To date, 25 of the RespectAbility Lab graduates identify as writers, and lab alumni from 2019 and 2020 currently work in the writers’ rooms for Netflix’s Mech Cadet, CW’s 4400 and Showtime’s Dexter, among others.


Photo collage showing the headshots of the 2021 Respectability Lab Participants
"Below, watch a panel featuring 10 RespectAbility Lab writers, moderated by RespectAbility Lab alumna and 2021 Lab Faculty Advisor Ashley Eakin."

RespectAbility is working to change the narrative in Hollywood to ensure accurate and positive cultural media portrayals of people with disabilities. RespectAbility partners with leaders in the entertainment industry on the full inclusion of people with disabilities – both in front of and behind the camera – and is inviting additional partners to help move the needle on three core issues:

1) inclusion and diversity in Hollywood;

2) more positive and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities; and

3) the employment of people with disabilities.

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