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Marisa Rafsky, Inclusion Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2015

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Marisa Rafsky

Marisa Rafsky was a Jewish Inclusion Fellow with RespectAbility during the summer of 2015. Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and adopted as an infant, she immigrated to the United States where she spent the majority of her life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rafsky is profoundly deaf but prefers to use speech and read lips.

In 2012, she received an International Baccalaureate Diploma upon graduating high school. In 2013 Rafsky was selected as a Youth in International Development & Foreign Affairs intern by the U.S. International Council on Disabilities. Aside from disability advocacy, her current interests include law, politics and public policy.

Rafsky currently is studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College where she worked as a college career peer, conducting resume reviews and mock interviews and advising students on how to search for employment and fellowships. During school, she participated in the relationship-building institute at the David Project. She is fluent in English and American Sign Language and also has studied Israeli Sign Language.

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Zackary Tamimi

Zackary Tamimi hopes to work to change perceptions of people with autism and other disabilities. His long term goal is to continue advancing a career in political communications.

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