Disability Representation in Media

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January 12, 2021

About The Event

Governors Chris Thomes and Lori H. Schwartz, along with the Interactive Media Peer Group Executive Committee, invite members to:

Disability Representation in Media

The depiction of disability in the media plays a major role in molding public perceptions. Media platforms have too often reinforced negative images and ideas about people with disabilities, directly influencing the way those individuals are treated in current society.

In response, performers and creators with disabilities, who have been consistently excluded from telling their own stories in mainstream media, are actively pursuing their own projects designed around and marketed towards audiences seeking more authentic portrayals of this community.

In this presentation, we'll talk to creators, producers and technologists driving the movement to amplify disability in media as we explore the challenges, trends and adaptive technologies that can lead to a more inclusive content marketplace.


  • Christopher Patnoe, Head of Accessibility Programs and Disability Inclusion, Google
  • Leah Romond, Senior Production Advisor, RespectAbility
  • David Schulner, Showrunner, New Amsterdam
  • Grace Wu, EVP Casting, NBCUniversal


  • Eileen Grubba, Filmmaker, Actress, and Disability Inclusion Advocate

*Panelists subject to change

This event will be live captioned.

Produced By

This event is presented and hosted
by the Television Academy.

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January 12, 2021
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5:00 pm to 6:30 pm PST



This event will be presented online. Details will be emailed to registered attendees prior to the event.

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