Image: Photo shows Lawrence Carter-Long, a lean handsome man with cerebral palsy, on stage giving a presentation. He is seated on a stool with his left arm resting on his bent knee and right arm outstretched in an animated gesture.
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Merging the arts, media and public policy, Lawrence Carter-Long is difficult person to peg or to pin down and that's the way he likes it. He has been a poster child, a modern dancer, a radio host and producer. Formerly the Public Affairs Specialist for the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency, Lawrence became the Communications Director for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund in June 2017.
His advocacy has earned him the Frieda Zames Advocacy Award from NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2009 and the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities — the largest cross disability advocacy organization in the nation — in 2010.
With regard to arts and culture, Lawrence was a founding and featured performer in dance choreographer Heidi Latsky's provocatively titled GIMP which toured internationally to critical acclaim from 2008-2011. As founder and curator of the groundbreaking disTHIS! Film Series — presented in partnership with NYU's Center for the Study of Disability from 2006 until 2010 — Lawrence showcased provocative depictions of disability in media with the promise of No Handkerchief Necessary; No Heroism Required.
In October 2012, Lawrence curated and cohosted The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film, a selection of 21 films from the silent era to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 that examined the complex and complicated history of disability in cinema to 87 million households on Turner Classic Movies. He was a cohost and producer for WBAI's LARGEST MINORITY radio show from 2006-2010.
He is the co-author of The Ruderman White Paper on Media Coverage of Law Enforcement Use of Force and Disability, along with David Perry. His work has been published in The Atlantic and UPWORTHY, and media appearances/interviews include the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, the BBC, CNN, along with dozens of other regional, national and international outlets.
Find Lawrence on Twitter: @LCarterLong
NPR, February 2016: 'Disabled': Just #SayTheWord
Turner Classic Movie Highlights: "The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film"(captioned)
The Atlantic, May 2014: How Misunderstanding Disability Leads to Police Violence
Lawrence is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, investigative journalism, and audio production
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent)