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Making a Difference

RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future. Our mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Resources and Services

Our Disability Training and Consulting Bureau is ready to help make your organization welcoming and inclusive of people with physical, sensory, cognitive, mental health, or other disabilities. Our Entertainment Media Consulting Team provides sensitivity reads and script development; casting and talent consultations; referral or staffing services including disabled writers, directors, crew, actors, and more. We have conducted trainings for and consulted on projects with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, CAA, DreamWorks, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sundance Institute, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia, and others. With knowledge, we can create a better future!

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Fighting Stigmas and Prejudices

Through partnerships with studios, production companies, writers’ rooms, and news organizations, RespectAbility’s Entertainment & News Media Team creates equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the entire media ecosystem, which increases diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, thus leading to systemic change enabling people with disabilities to be seen for what they CAN do, instead of what they cannot do.

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Advancing Opportunities

Ensuring children and adults with disabilities receive the education, training and employment opportunities they need to succeed.

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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Fellowships for Young Leaders

The National Leadership Program is ideal for people with and without disabilities who want to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications and media, nonprofit management, philanthropy, and faith inclusion while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. The program is entirely virtual, and Fellows can participate from anywhere in the United States. All Fellows receive $17/hr, plus training, mentoring, and support in their job search. Applications for the Fall 2023 Fellowship are now closed. We will announce the application deadlines for Spring 2024 in late Summer/early Fall.

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Inclusive Philanthropy

Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion

Philanthropy and nonprofits are at their best when they represent the people they serve including the one-in-five people who has a disability. RespectAbility offers free tools, resources, and customized advice and training to help philanthropists and nonprofits learn how to welcome, include, serve, and benefit from the talents of people with physical, learning, sensory, intellectual, mental health, and other disabilities who often are left out of the diversity discussion.

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Civic Engagement

The RespectAbility Report

Check out The RespectAbility Report for nonpartisan political coverage with a focus on disability issues. Launched in 2015, The RespectAbility Report neither rates nor endorses candidates.

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Faith Inclusion and Belonging

Religious communities are stronger when they live up to their values – when they are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect each other. RespectAbility wants our family members with disabilities to be able to fully participate in our community. Thus, RespectAbility offers the following free resources below to all who care about inclusion and equal opportunity.

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