Lawrence Carter-Long, Executive Director
Disabilities Network of NYC
c/o Fund for the City of New York
121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Executive Director Lawrence Carter-Long, who was honored to receive the Frieda Zames Advocacy Award from NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on August 13, 2009, first came to the Disabilities Network as our Network Coordinator in 2005. A seasoned community organizer and advocate, he is widely recognized for his expertise in communications and media.
As a spokesperson on a wide variety of issues ranging from media portrayal of disability, self determination, medical ethics and important quality of life issues like employment, transportation and housing, Lawrence has been featured in dozens of national media outlets including NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, the NEW YORK TIMES, the BBC, NBC's TODAY SHOW, CNN and DIVERSITY, INC., in addition to local coverage by ABC CHANNEL 7, VILLAGE VOICE and THE JEWISH WEEK.
Prior to coming to the Disabilities Network, Lawrence was the Communications Director for the ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE from 1998-2002. He authored regular columns for the ANIMALS' AGENDA magazine from 1996-1999 and was later a Contributing Editor for SATYA magazine.
In August 2004, Lawrence completed the sixth annual SPIN Academy, sponsored by the SPIN Project, an intensive five day training program devoted to specific skills-building in framing, message creation, targeting, developing relationships with reporters and overall honing of advanced communications skills.
Selected as one of 13 delegates representing the United States of America on the 1997 voyage of the SHIP FOR WORLD YOUTH, Lawrence served as co-editor of the weekly newspaper published for participants in the international exchange program. Between 1999-2004, Lawrence represented the United States Ship for World Youth Alumni Association for three conferences in Tokyo, Japan. He is an alumni of the BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP's Alliance for Social Engagement and was awarded the Outstanding National Activist Award from the CULTURE & ANIMALS FOUNDATION in 1998 and a Guardian Award from IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS in 2004. In 2006, Lawrence was recognized by the 504 DEMOCRATIC CLUB with the Sandra Schur Emerging Leadership Award.
In addition to his work in disability, Lawrence has been active in animal protection for nearly two decades. Since 2001, Lawrence has shared his knowledge and expertise of the media as a voting member of the ARK TRUST's (now the HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES Hollywood Office) selection and screening committee for their prestigious GENESIS AWARDS, which honors positive media coverage of animals and has proudly served on the committee since that time. The GENESIS AWARDS have been presented annually in Beverly Hills, CA each March since 1986 and aired on national television since 1991.
A longtime advocate and supporter of the arts, Lawrence is the founder and Curator of the Disabilities Network groundbreaking project, the disTHIS! FILM SERIES: disability through a whole new lens, currently housed at New York University. disTHIS! has been featured in the Style section of the New York Times (above the fold!), the Tribeca Trib, the New York Nonprofit Press, Disability Studies Quarterly and New Mobility magazine.
He is an advisor to the I.AM.PWD campaign launched in January 2009 by the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors' Equity to increase opportunities and visibility for performers with disabilities throughout the entertainment industry. He is a member of DEAL (DISABILITY in ENTERTAINMENT and ARTS LINK), a project of the ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSION IN THE ARTS and an advisor to DISABILITY RIGHTS EDUCATION AND DEFENSE FUND's Media and Disability Project and NYC's LEAGUE OF HUMANE VOTERS.
He served on the selection committee for the inaugural emerging disabled film-makers VSA arts apprenticeship in conjunction with the AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival's International Documentary Conference that was held in Washington, DC from June 15 - 20, 2009.
He proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the FOOD EMPOWERMENT PROJECT, the DISABILITY OPPORTUNITY FUND and the SOCIETY FOR DISABILITY STUDIES and is the chair of the Media Working Group for the National Endowment of the Arts upcoming National Summit on Careers In The Arts For People with Disabilities to be held in Washington, DC July 2009.