Press Releases

Media Access Awards 2020 presented by Easterseals

The Media Access Awards on November 19 will feature appearances from Selma Blair, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Howie Mandel, Joshua Jackson, Eric McCormack, Will Reeve, Andy Samberg, Gabourey Sidibe and more!  This year’s celebration will be virtual on Thursday, November 19 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET, and will pay tribute to those ... Read more

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health: Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions

One out of five people in the US – a total of 51.5 million – live with a mental health condition, including common illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Although the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has improved the lives of many disabled people, the mental health community still faces ... Read more

abilityE — Disability Talent Source for the Entertainment Industry

Casting offices are looking for actors with authentic disabilities — shifting from actors acting if they have a disability. After posting your free profile on keep an eye out for messages about casting calls. A few possible questions you might have: abilityE is free to performers/talent/actors The site is built for performers/talent/actors with disABILITIES Performers/talent/actors ... Read more

Why this election is crucial for people with disabilities

LISTEN TO THE ARTICLE HERE  (We would love to know if you find this audio narrative an enjoyable option) November 3, 2020, might become one of the most important days in American history, especially for people with disabilities. It may decide over whether a person with a chronic illness or disability will have access to ... Read more

Google rolls out Sound Notifications, Android Accessibility feature for household sounds

Google rolled out Sound Notifications, a new Android Accessibility feature that notifies you when there are important household sounds in your environment.  Sound Notifications is a new feature on Android that works completely offline and uses your phone’s microphone to recognize ten different noises—including baby sounds, water running, smoke and fire alarms, appliances beeping ... Read more

Disney TV Animation Casting Wheelchair Users

CASTING: A new Disney TV Animation series is searching for young girls that are authentic wheelchair users to play lead characters. JAZZY – 7 to 8 year old sounding real kid or teen (age range 7 to 17, as discussed also open to naturally young sounding adults), female, character is Black, singing ability is ... Read more

Inclusiveness and Apathy in the Workplace

Fostering Culture Change to Combat Apathy in the Workplace: A Discussion on Inclusiveness The United States is well versed in what to say in order to appear as if actions are being made toward positive change. Paying so-called “lip service” to topics of critical experience comes naturally, and is in fact seen as a ... Read more

ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride

As the nation ramps up to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA30) on July 26, 2020, the 50-member ADA Lead On “Core Production Team” (in front of and behind the camera/keyboard) and 22 ADA Generation bloggers, influencers and signal boosters are focused and determined to set the record straight, flip ... Read more

Metrolink introduces new ticket machines with accessibility features

Metrolink announces the installation of 133 new ticket machines at its stations across Southern California. The new machines improve the customer experience through improved reliability, a focus on accessibility, and smarter, more customer-friendly features, such as touchscreens. The machines comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), featuring voice enabled technology, a headphone jack ... Read more

Adam P. Schleifer Releases Robust Plan to Increase Benefits, Fight for Civil Rights and the ADA

Schleifer running for Congress, pledges to fight for: increased federal benefits for disability community, fight civil rights abuses and discrimination in schools and workplace, and invest in ADA-compliant infrastructure. White Plains, NY – On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act (ADA), Adam P. Schleifer, a Democratic candidate for ... Read more

Regina Hall

April/May 2010 Issue Though best known for her roles in the hit Scary Movie series and on television’s Ally McBeal, some of Regina Hall’s proudest work takes place well away from the glare of Hollywood. An avid volunteer for the care of senior citizens and an advocate for more public awareness of scleroderma, Hall, ... Read more

ABILITY Job Fair, originally built only for people with disabilities, launches new accessible platform to accommodate distance recruitment for all.

The first face to face video-based platform, accessible for people with deafness, hard of hearing, blindness and more, now expands to a virtual career fair recruitment tool to fill the need for talent search via in-person job fairs, when travel is no longer an option and social distancing is the new necessity. Costa Mesa, ... Read more

Lionsgate Feature Film is Searching for Youth Actor Blind or Low Vision

Lionsgate feature film is looking to find a Caucasian boy between the ages of 6-12 who is blind, partially blind or has low vision  CHARACTER DESCRIPTION:  MALE, Caucasian, 6-12 years old, (this character is based on a real-life person) an adorable young son, sweet, energetic, bright and trusting. Committed to authenticity and inclusion, learn ... Read more

Easterseals Southern California Expands Autism Services With Acquisition of the Center for Behavioral Sciences

Both Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which served over 9,000 individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prior to the acquisition – and Center for Behavioral Sciences (CBS) are recognized leaders in providing services based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a gold-standard behavior therapy which improves social, communication and learning skills through ... Read more

Tulsi Gabbard Interview

From our interview with Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard, we will post a series of short segments discussing; traumatic brain injury #TBI, Post-traumatic stress disorder #PTSD, why she’s in the race, grey hair and this first post on #aloha

The Healing Powers of Dude — Casts authentic actors with the help of ABILITY Magazine and

Last year, ABILITY Magazine was asked by Netflix casting to find a young lead actress for their new series “The Healing Powers of Dude“. Netflix was interested in casting authentic actors. Already finding their lead actor that has anxiety disorder (Jace Chapman), they were having a hard time finding a young girl that was ... Read more

A New Footwear Company is on a Mission to Improve the Lives of Those with Footwear Challenges — Friendly Shoes

Friendly Shoes: The Footwear Start-Up Company on a Mission to Improve the Lives of Those with Footwear Challenges, Announces Kid Friendly Shoes Arriving March 2020 Friendly Shoes announces expansion beyond Friendly Shoe adult collections with the addition of Kid Friendly Shoes, called Easies, available at Zappos in early 2020. Friendly Shoes is a San ... Read more

Senator Warren Announces Reintroduction of the Bipartisan AIM HIGH Act

“I started out as a special needs teacher at a public elementary school and ended up as a law professor — I understand how important it is for students with disabilities to have the tools they need to fully participate in our education system,” Senator Warren said. “That’s why I am introducing legislation to ... Read more

61 Million People with Disabilities in the United States

Disability Impacts All of Us CDC (Centers for Disease Control) — Description Title: Disability Impacts all of us Communities Health Access 61 million adults in the United States live with a disability 26 percent (one in 4) of adults in the United States have some type of disability. Graphic of the United States. The ... Read more

Media Access Awards — 40th Anniversary & Easterseals 100 Years

The Media Access Awards (MAA), celebrating its 40th anniversary, and its partner Easterseals, commemorating 100 years, presented a celebration honoring the best in disability representation in Hollywood. MAA, founded by producers Fern Field and supported by Norman Lear, annually honors the top creatives in film and television with the Writers Guild of America West; ... Read more