Disability Unite

A Virtual Celebration of Community


Disability Unite Festival this Sunday, July 26th
Main Event 2 P.M. - 6 P.M. Eastern Time
After Party 7 P. M. - 11 P. M. Eastern Time
An 8-hour live streaming event full of music, dance, discussion, live gaming, and much more. No registration and....for you... it’s free! (smile)

To join - click here on Sunday to join the Live Stream Center Or go to www.disabilityunite.org


Main Event 2 PM - 6 PM Eastern Time
Stage One - Performance Platform


Performers in order of appearance: Corey Hill, Gaelynn Lea, Evan Ruggiero, Kennedy Caughell, Kayla Davion, Tim Fraser, John Bramblitt, Josh Blue, Evan "Lord Pegleg" Ruggiero, Blind Boys of Alabama, Lachi,  Andrea Dalzell, Wheelchair Sports Camp & Michelle Rocqet, Ryan Niemiller, Andy Arias, The Rolletes, Ali Stroker, Access Acting Academy, AXIS Dance Company, Actionplay, Filomen M. D’Agostino Music School, Full Radius Dance, Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, ZCO/DANCEPROJECT, 4 Wheel City, Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, Latizmo Hip Hop Productions, The Merry Rockers Premier of The Merry Rockers in Jamaica, Deaf West Theatre in collaboration with Kelly Clarkson, Jackson Santy, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, David Harrell, Pearl Rhein

Stage Two- Discussion Stage Platform

Disability Films: Transforming The Entertainment Industry
Moderator: Isaac Zablocki - Reelabilities Film Festival, Festival Founder & Director
Panelists: Lauren "Lolo" Spencer - Actor, Give Me Liberty;
Shannon DeVido - Actor, Difficult People;  Steve Way - Actor, Ramy
Advancing Inclusion in Gaming:
Moderator: Ian Hamilton - Accessibility Specialist
Panelists: Karen Stevens - EA Sports, Accessibility Lead
April Dickerson - AbilityPowered, Game Accessibility Advocate and Consultant
Erik Johnson - WarFighter Engaged, Chief Medical Officer/Occupational Therapist/Assistant Professor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor;  
Brannon Zahand -  Microsoft, Senior Gaming Accessibility Program Manager
Special Olympics - Welcome to Sports: A discussion on the power of sports to transform the lives of people with disabilities, helping them to discover the champion within.
Moderator: Grace Hightower DeNiro - Special Olympics New York Board Member
Panelists:  Stacey Hengsterman - President & CEO, Special Olympics New York;
Trent Hampton - Special Olympics New York Athlete and World Games Medalist
Jenny Sichel - Paralympian; Andrea Cahn - Special Olympics Unified Sports
Joe Stewart - Special Olympics New York Unified Sports Coach 
Adaptive Clothing (Fireside Chat)
Mindy Scheier - CEO/Founder, Runway of Dreams Foundation & Gamut Management  
Gary Sheinbaum - CEO Tommy Hilfiger Americas 


Stage Three Live Gaming - Four hours of Super Smash Bros 

Afterparty 7 PM - 11 PM Eastern Time
The Party Continues - After Party with T.J. Olsen


Stage One - Performances

Bree Klauser and Dan Kessler as KismetVictoria CanalQuestionGaelynn LeaKevin Reeves, Matty Klauser of Secret Nudist Friends, pillow princess, and Blushed

Stage Two - DJ's
Paul JohnsonRobbie WildeKevin Gotkin

Stage Three - Discussions and Performances, we can't get enough!

Self Advocates Unite
Moderator: Matthew Estep - Self-Advocacy Advisor at AHRC NYC
Panelists:  Janice Bartley - Advocacy Specialist at AHRC NYC and Co-Founder of 
Self-Advocates End Police Violence
Jennifer Bartlett - Poet and Co-Founder of the Rise and Resist Elevator Action Group and the Non-March for Disabled Women
Michael Carbonaro - Graduate of the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island
Bernard Carabello -Former resident of the Willowbrook State School and Founder of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State
Queens Theatre- Death Bites Virtual Short Play Reading
Presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: ADA in the Arts Video Series
Heidi Latsky Dance - Solo Flight ADA30
Presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: ADA in the Arts Video Series


Disability and Sports
Moderator:  Paul Ward - Adaptive Programming Coordinator, NYC Parks
Panelists: Steve Serio - USA Men's National Wheelchair Basketball Team
Nicky Nieves - USA Women's National Sitting Volleyball Team
Francesco Magisano - Director Achilles International

Heidi Latsky Dance - ''We are right here''
A Discussion with Heidi Latsky, Nancy Hanson, Peter Trojic, Tiffany Geigel, Louisa Mann and Quemuel Arroyo 


About the Disability Unite Community: 

Our community is wonderfully diverse, and each individual’s and group’s unique ideas, thoughts, and preferences are what makes us so amazing! What we share is a message for all to hear: The Disability Community is loud, we’re proud, we vote and we will work together to make ourselves heard!

Join our community for events, programs, and a virtual festival this July to celebrate Disability Pride month! The Disability Unite site will connect partner organizations and people throughout NYC, around the country, and across the world in celebrating Disability Pride and furthering a message of Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion.

While the platform is called "Disability Unite", we acknowledge and respect that the disability community represents a broad cross-section of groups, communities, and individuals identified by race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age, or disability status. Each individual/group will have different opinions and should advocate in whatever way they prefer.

The events on this platform are for the community, by the community. That means all Project Access Partners will be invited to become a partner on Disability Unite website as well, and have their logo (with a link to their website) shown on the “Community Partners” page to acknowledge their involvement and introduce viewers to their websites and social media.

Led by a Community Working Group in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Project Access is an "open" consortium that reflects the ideas and events of the disability community.