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Portrayal or Betrayal: People with Disabilities in Film and Media

December 3, 2013  |  AAPD

Tuesday, December 3rd from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Library of Congress Pickford Theater,
3rd Floor The Madison Building 101
Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540


Nearest Metro: Capitol South (orange and blue line)

A joint presentation exploring research and resources regarding people with disabilities in film and media coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division (LC/MBRS).

People with disabilities have been invisible, understated or inflated in the public eye due to images which appear in film and television. The depictions of people with disabilities in the reel of film and in images of the media range from realistic portrayals to exaggerated betrayals of an individual's life. The goal of this panel is to create a forum to exchange ideas about researching these representations. Researchers will discuss images and themes found in film, news and television. Librarians will discuss finding materials and accessing film collections onsite and online at the Library of Congress.

Panelist 1: Brianna Gross, Communications Associate, AAPD - "Disability Themes in the Media"
Panelist 2: Tari Hartman Squire, CEO, EIN SOF Communications, Inc. - "Lights! Camera! Access! Media Advocacy"
Panelist 3: Lawrence Carter-Long, Public Affairs Specialist, National Council on Disability - “Beyond Trends & Tropes: The Lost History of Disability in Cinema”
Panelist 4: Beth Haller, Professor, Towson University - "The Positive Effects of Deaf Culture Represented in Popular Television”
Panelist 5: Mike Mashon, Head, Moving Image Section, Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division (LC/MBRS) - "Collections Highlights"
Panelist 6: Rosemary Hanes, LC/MBRS Reference Librarian - “Guide to Researching Film at LC Onsite and Online"

Limited seating is available and an RSVP is required to attend.

To RSVP, please email Adam Abosedra at

LC Accessibility Statement: Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or

Program Contacts:

Eric Eldritch, LC ADA Coordinator Email:

Adam Abosedra, AAPD Program Manager Email:

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