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Panel Event: The Ability in Disability
Panel Event: The Ability in Disability
*This panel will be generously underwritten by The Stapleton Foundation in honor of former President George H. W. Bush and the critical legislation he passed to create a more equitable world for the disabled.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 1:00PM

Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


We often hear that Hollywood films lack diversity, but rarely do we hear about the lack of representation of people with disabilities in the movies. When sexual orientation, race, and gender are always at the forefront of this matter, what can we do to celebrate the actors who have overcome incredible obstacles and have achieved prodigious careers in entertainment? Meet actors and key figures from this world who will shine a light on disability inclusion in entertainment and what we need to do about it. A short film, A DIFFERENT SCRIPT, will be played before the panel. The description of the short film is as follows: Twenty-year-old Chris Lopes from Fairfield, Connecticut is finally on the pathway to his dream of becoming a professional actor, but as a young man with Down syndrome, he is still struggling to achieve independence in his personal life. Chris lands a Hollywood agent and auditions for one big role that he hopes will be his big ticket to fame. All the while, his family worries about the practicality of his dreams and his desire to move to LA and live on his own. This documentary captures the heart of a young man who never gives up and reveals how acting has not only changed Chris’ life but is giving him an unexpected path toward independence. Through Chris’ story, A Different Script explores the global disability rights movement by focusing on the fair representation of people with developmental disabilities in the entertainment industry and the unique challenges they face in their careers and personal lives. *Featuring: Millicent Simmonds (Deaf Actress - A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck), Carol Glazer, CEO The National Organization on Disabilities, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security and Board Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, Governor Tom Ridge, Chris Lopes and Kathy Lopes (subjects of 'A Different Script'), and Mr. John H. Hager, the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from August 2007-May 2008.