Millicent Simmonds Talks Disability Representation In Greenwich Film Festival Panel

“It is really society’s obligation, and not those with disabilities.”

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At an event honoring 2018 MAA presenter Millicent Simmonds, the Greenwich International Film Festival convened a panel to discuss Hollywood’s representation of people with disabilities. The Ability in Disability panel, moderated by former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, featured Simmonds, National Organization on Disabilities president Carol Glazer, actor Chris Lopes, and his mother, Kathy Lopes. The panel was in agreement that a two-pronged approach, focusing on both hiring and accessible viewing, is a necessary step toward a truly inclusive entertainment industry.

“It is really society’s obligation, and not those with disabilities,” remarked Glazer.

Read more about the panel over at IndieWire.