Monday, July 25, 2005

Disability Broadcasting Company Launches on Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

Los Angeles, CA -- July 26, 2005 -- On the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the People With disabilities Broadcasting Corporation (PWdBC) is pleased to announce the formal launch of its website and the initial stage of creating and maintaining a powerful new disability media presence.

Central to PWdBC's mission is the creation of the first 24-hour TV channel "of, by and for people with disabilities . . . and everyone else," which will include comedies, dramas, reality, sports, and information and news programs. PWdBC is in exploratory conversations with a number of media companies to make this channel a reality.

PWdBC is also in discussions with a number of entertainment unions and guilds, universities, disability groups, philanthropic organizations and advertisers to generate support, to develop partnerships and alliances, and to create a pool of talented actors, writers, producers and other support professionals.

"It is important for us in the disability community to advocate and legislate, but it's time for us to create and celebrate both our historical and future contributions to American popular culture," said Howard Renensland, PWdBC Founder and President.

Renensland, an accomplished actor, writer, director, and teacher, has an adult daughter who was born with disabilities.

An estimated 54 million Americans identify themselves as having a disability, while the worldwide population of people with disabilities is estimated at over 600 million. The unique perspectives of this powerful, creative minority are largely missing from the mainstream media, and therefore society as a whole.

Few characters with disabilities appear in television and film. Actors with disabilities portray just a handful of these. Perhaps more importantly, people with disabilities are not represented in the creative processes behind the camera, making accurate portrayals of people with disabilities rare.

PWdBC will work toward correcting this imbalance by becoming the first mainstream media entity to design all programs to be accessible and available to everyone, to give a voice to this growing population, and to foster the employment and training of a large number of talented people with disabilities in the entertainment and information industries.

"We feel strongly that the global concerns of people with disabilities will be most rapidly advanced through the successful inclusion of persons who have disabilities within the structure of mass media itself," Renensland explained.

For more information, or to submit resumes and demos, contact:
Howard Renensland, Founder & President
PWdBC, People With disabilities Broadcasting Corporation
Post Office Box 685, Wilton, CT 06897
203-216-1300
howard@pwdbc.org
www.pwdbc.org

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Blogger celia said...

This sounds great and is just the type of outlet for which I've been looking. Will be in contact shortly. Congratulations!

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Blogger Katie said...

Hi! I'm from England and I heard about this from a disability website over here which happens to be a great favourite of mine www.bbc.co.uk/ouch on their weblog and the outlet sounds great, and I reckon I would enjoy it but am miles away from you which is disappointing!
I reckon they should set one up in London for the BBC!

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Blogger C. Forbes said...

"I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down..." Abraham Lincoln

CONGRATULATIONS, PWdBC on the successful launch of your website; the first of many successes surely to follow.

Howard and Kathy, THANK YOU, for being the friends who believed and then followed your longtime dream of empowering PWd everywhere.

With admiration and love,
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Blogger john K said...

I have such admiration for Howard and the perseverance that he has shown to make this happen. It really is exciting to see this new site and I hope that many will pass its existence on to people who will benefit from it and/or support its continued
success.

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Blogger Diane said...

The website is great! This is exactly what our world needs. Congratulations to you for all of your hard work and enthusiasm in getting this project under way. I wish you success for the future!

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Blogger maja74 said...

hello to everybody ,
dear blogers , i am glad that i am with you . that`s very nice to have a channel about disability people for other people to see how much we really worth and that we are not from other planet .
glad to make a new friends and i am looking for meeting more and people .

maja from chicago

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Blogger Meadowlark's Mind said...

Your project is interesting and as a person with a disability I feel a need to support it. I am just a bit worried from the "separate but equal" point of view. I hope this network does not make folks with disabilities any more invisible then they already are on the other networks.

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Blogger nadine said...

This is fabulous! As a parent and a professional in this large, empowered and dedicated community, I applaud you. Please count me in to help promote this important endeavor.
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Blogger Vince said...

I want to wish Howard and the PWdBC every success. This is something I've waited for 30 years to get involved with.I will most certainly be in touch with you guys.

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Blogger karen said...

karen said
i think this is a good site for people with disabilities. my husband and i are actors and we serveon our local theater companys board. i am a writer and i would love to be involved with the broadcasting company. my contact information is Kmoyestallings@nc.rr.com we are from Raleigh North Carolina

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Blogger Laura said...

Sounds like a great idea! I'm not sure I have anything to contribute at this point in my life, but as someone with a disability who plans to be a professor someday, I would like to publish, and PWdBC just may be the perfect outlet.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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Karen Said
i would like to introduce my self to you . My name is Karen Stallings from Raleigh NC I have 25% cerebral palsy which means my walking,speechand fine motor skills are impaired but i get along very well. if people will listen with their hearts and not with their heads , they will be able to understand my speech and me.I want to applaud you for creating the Broadcasting Prouduction. It's long overdue! It's very much needed because people with disabilities are creative. we can contribute to the world of Arts if people as yourself will give us a chance to show what we can do. I would like to give you a little background on myself. I am the Executive Director of the Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina, Inc. we all advocate for people with disabilities' rights. We have over 12,000 members and we have 42 local groups around the state of N.C. who meet and advocate for themselves. I have been in this position for 7 years. I love my job!I graduated from high school and college. I atteneded the University of South Carolina in Columbia,S.C. from '1975 to 1978 . I am the CEO and Founder of my own newsletter, Disability Express,Inc. for the disabled community. It's on the web at www.disabilityexpress.com I'm married and my husband has a disability also.We tape our TV Show once a month. The format is geared to the disability community. We are an award winnig show. We are local actors and we currently are setting on a local theater board. We know and are very good friends with the actor, Chris Burke and his best friends ,Joe and John Demasi and The Real Coach Howared Jones and James Robinson "Radio" Kennedy from the movie,Radio"! I have told you my back ground information in hopes of be comming a roving reporter for the PWdBC or maybe doing a feature story every once in a while. I would really love to involved in some way with PWdBC. it would be like a dream come true! thank you for your time Mr. Renensland, and consideration. I'll look foward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely
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"We feel strongly that the global concerns of people with disabilities will be most rapidly advanced through the successful inclusion of persons who have disabilities within the structure of mass media itself," Renensland explained.

Well, I hope she means it. There seems to be a stigma here in the states to people who have disabilities.

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