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California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
Youth Organizing (YO)! Disabled and Proud
Contact: Rachel Johnson - 916.444.7280
Nina G - NinaGbooking@gmail.com
GROUND-BREAKING COMEDY GROUP BRINGS SHOW TO OAKLAND TO BENEFIT YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES
“Comedians with Disabilities Act” Tour Raises Funds for YO! Disabled and Proud
OAKLAND, CA- The one-of-a-kind Comedians with Disabilities Act is coming to Oakland on May 31 to provide a night full of riotous laughter and all for a good cause: to raise funds for Youth Organizing (YO)! Disabled and Proud. The act is part of a statewide tour that has sold out in other cities and features six hilarious comedians, all with different disabilities, and their unique blend of humor.
The core foursome of the act includes: Michael O’Connell, the group’s wheelchair representative; Napa native Steve Danner, who identifies as a Little Person; Eric Mee, a 19 year old who is blind; and Bay Area resident Nina G., who has speech and learning disabilities. Comedians Queenie TT and Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. will join the group at the show in Oakland.
Each comedian draws on their own unique life experiences as a person with a disability during their respective sets, making each show both entertaining and educational for audiences. The San Francisco Examiner called the group “The most unconventional comics to pop up in 2011”.
The group has shown off their comedic chops at notable venues including the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club but the show in Oakland will also give them the opportunity to show their charitable sides. Proceeds from the show will go to YO! Disabled and Proud, a group dedicated to engaging youth with disabilities and educating the public on the disability rights movement, disability pride, and the history of people with disabilities.
This year, YO! has organized a campaign to prevent bullying in schools across the state, provided an avenue for youth with disabilities to find and apply for scholarship funds to further their education, and worked to educate the public about the Disability Rights Movement and the contributions of people with disabilities through Disability History Week and the FAIR Education Act.
“The Comedians with Disabilities Act complements our mission in so many ways because these talented comedians are showing the public that people with disabilities are successful in all kinds of professions and sectors. They truly are role models for youth with disabilities and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they have chosen to recognize the work that we do at YO!” Teresa Favuzzi, Executive Director of CFILC
The show begins at 8:00. Tickets are available through www.comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com. Show will contain adult content. For more information and details on each comedian and the show in Oakland, please visit https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=361977110489807.
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The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, based in Sacramento is a statewide, non-profit organization made up of 24 Independent Living Centers. CFILC’s mission is to advocate for barrier-free access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in community life by increasing the capacity of Independent Living Centers to achieve their missions. You can find out more about YO! Disabled and Proud at www.yodisabledproud.org