Written By: Nancy Weintraub, Easterseals Chief Advancement Officer
South by Southwest, abbreviated as SXSW, is considered by many to be one of the coolest events in the world. Held each March in Austin, Texas, the week-long gathering is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture.
Given the number of business leaders and influencers in attendance from across the globe, Easterseals Disability Services was proud to be among the participants in attendance, ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion were among the conversations.
Our panel, Business of Accessibility & DEI in Entertainment, explored the benefits of incorporating disability inclusion and accessibility practices as a part of DEI initiatives. Featuring panelists Jerome Core (Amazon Studios/Prime Video), Sue Anne Pien (Actor/Director/Producer), Karla Pita Loor (Banijay Americas), and Nicole Starr (Participant), the discussion covered how the entertainment industry is evolving towards more accessibility practices, suggestions on its incorporation into business deals, casting & hiring opportunities, as well as marketing and communications messaging.
SXSW has an audio recording of the panel that can be played on their website.