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 Export to Your Calendar 6/4/2018
When: Monday, June 4th
Where: The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York  10003
United States

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The PGA East Education Committee and Neurodiversity Task Force invites you to...

The Spectrum of Opportunity

Monday, June 4th
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Presentations begin

The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Following up on last year's well-attended event, this year’s panel,THE SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY, will present actual companies, schools and programs which train people on the Autism Spectrum to work behind and in front of the camera. People on the Spectrum possess unique talents and passion. Come to learn what they offer and leave knowing how to access it.


Lauren Appelbaum - RespectAbility
Lauren Appelbaum is RespectAbility’s Communications Director. She brings more than 10 years of experience in strategic and crisis communications, writing, video and web production, news gathering and social media to the disability agenda. Her background includes a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and working as a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. Since then, Appelbaum has published hundreds of articles on the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood, promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. She also manages the #PwDsVote political outreach and the #RespectTheAbility stigma and social media campaigns, covering companies’ best practices in recruiting and employing people with disabilities. In addition, she supervises several Communications Fellows through RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program.

RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. We work with entertainment leaders, policy makers, educators, self-advocates, nonprofits, employers, faith-based organizations, philanthropists, journalists and online media. Our free tools and factual resources inform so people with disabilities can achieve the education, training, jobs, security and good health that everyone needs and deserves.

David Di Ianni - FilmAcademy360
Before devoting his professional career to media education for young people with autism David Di Ianni was a director/producer for national broadcasters in Europe including RAI and Sky. He traveled around the world to sometimes challenging but always fascinating places.

David has lead the program he founded for the past 10 years winning awards for leadership and innovation in educational programing for autism. His program has garnered attention from grant-makers and the media.

FilmAcademy360 fosters awareness by giving young people with autism an outlet to create and share their vision and train for careers in TV, film and digital media while making social connections with peers.

David has recently completed a short documentary filmed in Israel with his FilmAcademy360 students and staff about a peace project between Arab and Jewish children. He is interested in continuing to create student-driven visual storytelling projects about children around the world who are engaging in social change at the grassroots level.

Aubrie Therrien - E.P.I.C.
Aubrie Therrien is the Executive Artistic Director of The EPIC Players Inclusion Company, dedicated to creating neuro-diverse opportunities and communities through the arts. She has been an actress regionally and in New York City for 15 years and holds a BFA in Theater from Longwood University and a Masters of Public Health from New York University. She has worked with individuals living with developmental disabilities through theater for several years and is a passionate advocate for inclusion in the arts. She was recognized as New Yorker of the Week for her work and was recently published in Autism Spectrum News with Dr. Sam Goldstein on theater and autism. Additionally, Aubrie was beyond proud to ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell with her fellow EPIC community members to celebrate Autism Awareness month on April 3rd, 2018 and speak at the United Nations on that same week on Empowering Women and Girls with Autism, specifically through the lens of film and the arts. She is also the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Disabilities in the Arts in New York City and is the Executive Director of the Horizons program at Brooklyn Friends School.

Venue Dress Code
Please note the dress code required by The Players Club: No shorts, tshirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, sneakers, or ball/casual caps are allowed in the clubhouse

Special thanks to The Molecule and Deluxe for their support of this event!

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