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This podcast episode features an amazing panel discussion about the experiences of performers with disabilities.

As disabled people, we are not able to play ourselves because disability in the industry is often seen as a technical skill, a bag of tricks. That’s where our experiences differ from other marginalized communities; people often think they can ‘put on’ disability.

Christina Bruno

New York Local Performers With Disabilities Committee Chair

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which seeks to recognize the workforce contributions of workers with disabilities and emphasize the importance of inclusive hiring practices. 

In observance of the occasion, now in its 75th year, this podcast episode is a re-airing of the Performers With Disabilities: Inclusion, Authenticity & Allyship livestream. Hosted by the SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement on July 28, featured panelists included SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities Chair Anita Hollander (Law & Order: SVU); New York Local Board member and New York Local Performers With Disabilities Committee Chair Christine Bruno (God Friended Me); SAG-AFTRA members Ryan Haddad (The Politician), Nic Novicki (Boardwalk Empire), Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) and Marilee Talkington (See); and Casting Society of America President Russell Boast (Chance). SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer Camryn Manheim, herself an American Sign Language interpreter, acted as moderator. 

Learn how the panelists have used their experiences to shape their careers and what they believe is needed to bring authentic stories to the limelight. This episode is introduced by podcast hosts President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White. 

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