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March 30, 2005

Creativity and Artists With Disabilities

Using Technology To Increase Employment Opportunities for Actors, Writers and Broadcasters

Monday, April 11, 2005 – 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Baruch College Conference Center

On Monday, April 11, 2005, Actors’ Equity, AFTRA, SAG, The Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America East and the Non-Traditional Casting Project, in partnership with ART/NY, ABC, CBS, the League of American Theatres & Producers, the League of Off Broadway Theatres & Producers, the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy of NY, Technology Resource Center and ConnecTV, are hosting a landmark event.

Creativity & Artists With Disabilities: Using Assistive Technology to Increase Employment Opportunities for Actors, Writers and Broadcasters will explore the potential, excitement and power that cutting-edge assistive technology can bring to a production, while also increasing employment opportunities for actors, writers and broadcasters. The event will be held from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, at the Baruch College Conference Center on the 14th Floor at 55 Lexington Avenue (24th Street) in Manhattan.

The Emcee and keynote speaker is Daryl "Chill" Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell, who was injured in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, returned to work soon after rehabilitation and became a regular on the NBC series, Ed. "As a paraplegic, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced daily by people living with paralysis. If there's one thing I've learned since my accident, it's that you need to use every resource available to you, to continue with your life." Mr. Mitchell serves as a spokesperson for The Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center and its recently launched Minority Communities Outreach Campaign.

The evening will also include walk-around, hands-on displays of various kinds of assistive technology and presentation of scenes, directed by A. Dean Irby, featuring actors with disabilities. Mr. Irby was the former acting coach for The Cosby Show.

For reservations or further information, contact the Non-Traditional Casting Project, (212) 730-4750.

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