Sunday, November 8, 2009

FUNDING: TV Orgs Create Scholarship for Filmmakers with Disabilities

TV orgs to help disabled filmmakers
Loreen Arbus donates to ATAS for scholarship

Two TV industry foundations have teamed to launch a scholarship for
filmmakers with disabilities.

The Loreen Arbus Foundation has donated $40,000 to create the Focus on
Disability scholarship fund, to be administered by the Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and the Foundation of American Women
in Radio and Television. The fund will present one scholarship to a
filmmaker with a disability and one to filmmakers whose work sheds light
on the lives and achievements of people with disabilities. The scholarship
was created to commemorate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passage of
the Americans with Disabilities Act. Arbus is the daughter of ABC founder
Leonard Goldenson, who was the driving force behind the formation of the
United Cerebral Palsy org. The first Focus on Disability scholarships will
be presented April 10 as part of the ATAS Foundation's annual College
Television Awards.

Posted by:
Lawrence Carter-Long
Executive Director, Disabilities Network of NYC
Founder/Curator, The disTHIS! Film Series

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