Mission: To promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.
About the Organization: Founded in 2007 at the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan by Anita Altman and Isaac Zablocki, the ReelAbilities Film Festival was the first of its kind to present a series of award-winning films by, about, and for people with disabilities. Today the festival presents films in host cities around the world, accompanied by post-screening discussions and other programs designed to bring the community together to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate diversity.
Current Programs: Since 2012, ReelAbilities events have moved beyond New York City to more than twenty cities across the United States, Canada, and Latin America — including not only film festivals but also year-round screenings and special programming.
ReelAbilities also works to raise awareness of and promote inclusion by bringing films and conversations to schools, community centers, and corporate offices through its ReelEducation program. The program provides free resources and access to films (with open captions) to help educators teach students about inclusion, empathy, universal design, mental health, and barriers to employment.
Website: Visitors to the ReelAbilities site can learn about festivals offering virtual screenings during the COVID-19 outbreak, browse a film directory, or learn how to get involved by making a donation, becoming a sponsor or partner, hosting a film screening or festival, submitting a film to the festival, and/or volunteering. Educators visiting the site can explore (and request access to) films and resource kits available for free through the organization's ReelEducation program.