Congratulations to filmmaker and United Way 2010 Essie Silva Community Builder Award recipient, Ali Codina, on being nominated for an Emmy for her film, MONICA ...& DAVID. The documentary is nominated in the category of Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form, News & Documentary. The film chronicles the struggles of a young couple who have Down syndrome: www.monicaanddavid.com
Thanks, Lawrence Carter-Long, for always keeping us informed and inspired! And thank you Frances McDormand for being a fearless leader and wonderful human (although we'd use those same descriptions for you, Lawrence:)
INCLUSION/DIVERSITY/REPRESENTATION: Oscar Award winner Frances McDormand mentoned inclusion riders in her acceptance speech, but what are they? "A typical inclu...sion rider would set benchmarks for diversity in staffing. As an example, it could require the cast be 50 % female, 40 percent under-represented ethnic groups, 20 percent people with disabilities, and 5 percent L.G.B.T. people. The idea, she said, would be to ensure “the world onscreen looks like the world in which we live", says Dr Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Mid-week inspiration from our partner, National Down Syndrome Congress
One of the most energizing day of my life was being in D.C. for the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was a bi-partisan celebration that went well beyond politics, to a moment where we all felt great about the world. The thought of going so far backwards is horrifying! Thanks for breaking it down Sara Novic.
-Ali Codina, director/producer, MONICA & DAVID
"This bill renders the ADA's protections moot by making it much more difficult, and a lot more time-intensive, to force businesses to accommodate the millions of Americans with disabilities"
The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest started in 2010.
What do YOU love about Monica & David?
Maryanne and Tommy have been happily married for 22 years this year, together for 27 and they both have Down syndrome. ...
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