2021 Audience Honors Shorty Award in Facebook Live Category
Stay tuned for our next event ADA31 Lead On - Celebrize! Celebrate & Recognize Non-Apparent Disabilities!
Theme: Non-Apparent Disabilities & Stigma Busting, a 90-minute virtual festival to celebrate, educate and take ownership of the experience people with non-apparent disabilities face.
From the Production Team of: ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride - 2021 Audience Honors Shorty Award Winner with over 112,000 impressions; National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October 2020; Black Future Month: Legacy, Present & Afro-Futurism in March 2021.
25% of Americans have disabilities; 2% authentic disability representation; 1% disabled writers in the Writers Room - 100% cast, crew and social media teams of ADA Lead On productions identify as disabled or Deaf. Tari Hartman Squire and Danny Woodburn, producers; Allilsa Fernandez, Consulting Producer for ADA31 Lead On with Anita Cameron returning as social media coordinator.
Thanks to our initial investors - ComcastNBCUniversal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Facebook, Sony Pictures Entertainment and ViacomCBS.
Image description: Two gold comedy and tragedy masks with red and blue accessible (lip-readable) PPE face masks show the smile of comedy and the frown of tragedy, next to a paintbrush that is creating musical staff. The words “ADA31 Lead On” appear prominently at the top. At the bottom, the text continues, “Celebrize! Celebrate & Recognize Non-Apparent Disabilities.” Thank you Dan Wilkins for this great logo.
ADA Lead On Productions presents
BLACK FUTURE MONTH:
Legacy, Present & Afro-Futurism
"Black in blue... we deal with it as it arrives... your travails and trials might leave scars and wounds... they may test your will to continue and may even convince you to do so.... That possibility is just that a - possibility. Merely one of an infinite number of possibilities... the choice is yours. Choose that which is true. Choose you- your potential is infinite and your possibilities are limitless..."
-Keith Jones, Executive Producer
"So often the communities with the most to express are given the least opportunity to say it; the important stage that ADA30 LEAD ON productions has cultivated casts an unprecedented and invaluable spotlight on talents who have earned their turn for closer attention."
-Jd Michaels, Executive Producer
"Growing up I haven't seen many characters who looked like me or stories that reflected my reality. One of my life's missions is to tell stories authentically from underrepresented communities. My philosophy, create the change you want to see.”
-Tameka Citchen-Spruce, Co-Producer, Creator and host of Black Disabled Representation in Media
"I'm tired of being hidden, and I'm tired of having to overcompensate just to appease others. I am making myself known whether others understand, like it, or not. I'm taking action, I'm making it happen, I ain't waiting for others to catch up to the brilliance I exude, and this is the exact message Black Future Month is sending on behalf of Black disable people everywhere. Get in tune!!!!!"
-Safiya Eshe Gyasi, Artistic Coordinator, Creator and host of Blazin' Fya
"Representation matters. It is not only important that we use the powerful tool of the media to tell diverse stories but that authentic and diverse images of disability (authentically cast by talented disabled artists) are an integral and visible part of the stories we see in theater, film and television.”
-Diana Elizabeth Jordan, Talent Outreach Coordinator, Creator and host of SHEREHE!!!!
"It is beautiful to see amazingly talented people with disabilities: visible and invisible, climbing up in the media industry. What’s more impressive is our community being an ongoing inspiration for others to follow. My motto is, give others the motivation to turn dreams into reality.”
-Trelanda R. Lowe “Tree”, Post Production Supervisor and Editor
“I think of the ADA as an incredible foundation of needed change for people with disability. That foundation is being built upon every year it is in existence by our community. The strength of it supports our progress, our perseverance, and the power of our united voice.”
"26% of the population – 2% of media – 100% cast and crew of ADA30 Lead On and NDEAM. Media professionals with disabilities own this narrative – In front of and behind the camera. A real gamechanger."
-Tari Hartman Squire
Click any of the buttons below to view shows from the
ADA30 Lead On Series
ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Art, Culture, Education & Pride
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
Black Future Month: Legacy, Present, and Afro-Futurism (BFM)
Photo by Tom Olin, The Olin Collection group of disabled activists using wheelchairs are watching another activists take a sledge hammer to the curb at the Hollywood Walk of Fame to create a curb cut.
Comcast NBCUniversal; Telemundo; Easterseals Disability Film Challange; EIN SOF Communications; Facebook; The Foundation for Global Sports Development & Sidewinder Films; Kessler Foundation; Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation; PolicyWorks; Sony Pictures; TransCen/Mid-Atlantic ADA Center; and Wells Fargo.
Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center (BHERC); Be Influential Films; Blaq Gurl Fya; Bourgeois Magazine LA; Bridge Multimedia; Bus Door; Dreaming Big on a Swing Entertainment; EIN SOF Communications; Exceptional Minds; Fashionably Tardy; Fun4The Disabled; Interpret This!; KripHop Nation; Lights! Camera! Access!; michaels.adams.; Michigan Disability Rights Coalition; Mulberry Tree Group; SignWorld Studios; SoulFul Media Works; 3 Play Media; Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA); and Woman of Her Word.
Lead On: The Life and Legacy of Justin Dart
"I call for solidarity among all who love justice, all who love life, to create a revolution that will empower every single human being to govern his or her life, to govern the society and to be fully productive of life quality for self and for all."
Disability Talent Resources
Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) has three objectives – 1) to increase disability employment in front of and behind the camera/keyboard across delivery platforms – TV, films, advertising, news, theatre, and interactive; 2) to improve disability portrayals and; 3) ensure access to media through captions and audio descriptions.
DisArt believes that expressions of a Disabled cultural identity can transform society from awareness to understanding to belonging, creating a community that enjoys the full and equitable participation of all Disabled people.
The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, originally launched in 2014 by actor, now also ESSC Board Member, Nic Novicki. Open to all, the challenge provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry.