Commitment to Action

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0

Commitment by

The Loreen Arbus Foundation

In 2015, The Loreen Arbus Foundation and EIN SOF Communications committed to launch the Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 (LCA2.0) Initiative to address underrepresentation of people with disabilities in media. U.S. Census reports 57.6 million Americans have disabilities - the nation's largest minority. People with disabilities have been portrayed in media (if portrayed at all), as sick, frail, and unproductive. LCA2.0 objectives are: 1) Increase disability employment in-front-of and behind-the-camera/keyboard; 2) Improve authentic disability-inclusive diversity portrayals in television, film, advertising, and digital platforms; 3) Expandaccessible media with captions/audio descriptions to those who are Deaf, blind, or have other disabilities. LCA2.0 will implement these objectives through “Call to Action” summits in major media markets like NY and Hollywood. Media has the power to shatter myths or reinforce stereotypes about people with disabilities worldwide. Diversity is a business imperative – inclusion is a choice.

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Commitment

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$250,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

The Loreen Arbus Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

City University of New York (CUNY), New York Women in Film & Television, The ADA Legacy Project's DisBeat, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities, University of Southern California, PolicyWorks, EIN SOF Communications, Inc., Deaf Film Camp