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Laura Halvorson, Communications Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Spring 2016

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Lauren Halvorson

Laura Halvorson was a Communications Apprentice at RespectAbility. Halvorson is a 31-year-old with muscular dystrophy and has a Masters Degree in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University. Starting with RespectAbility as a communications and public policy Apprentice, Halvorson has assisted with the daily maintenance of our social media accounts and served on part of a team creating responses to all 50 states on their individual WIOA plans. In addition, as the unpaid volunteer Acting Leadership Director, Halvorson assisted with the recruitment and hiring of the Summer 2016 Apprentices.

Halvorson previously lived in Texas where she was a special education department head and taught kindergarten-5th grade special education classes. In 2014 she was Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2014 where she educated and advocated to the media, businesses, political leaders and the general public on disability rights issues. Halvorson is passionate about working at RespectAbility because of her commitment to the disability rights movement which led her to move to the DC metro area to help further the cause. In her free time, she likes to play adaptive sports like adaptive water skiing and power wheelchair soccer and hockey.


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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