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Heidi Krizer Daroff

Heidi Krizer Daroff, Emeritus Board

Heidi Krizer Daroff

Heidi Krizer Daroff serves as the North American Director for The Israel Forever Foundation. She graduated from Kean University with a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU.

“As the mother of a child with special needs, one of the most critical concerns I had was that my younger daughter be as welcomed into the community as I was confident my older daughter would be. As a parent, you want to ensure that your community sees all that is loveable and precious about your child, just as you see it.”

In 2010, Daroff launched ‘Heidi Krizer Daroff, Social Media Consulting’ where she developed and implemented social media strategies for clients across all platforms. Shortly after, she joined The Israel Forever Foundation as the Social Media Director. In 2014, she assumed the role as North American Director.

The Israel Forever Foundation has written several blogs about inclusion and especially how the Jewish community can be more inclusive. Daroff recently wrote a blog for The Israel Forever Foundation about her personal experience of visiting a “Special in Uniform” unit on an IDF Air Force Base. In the piece, she writes about the social benefits of having people with disabilities serve in the IDF and the benefits to able-bodied people in having the experience.

Daroff also serves on the Board of the Veg Society of D.C. as well as volunteering with Sharsheret and the Chabad Shul of Potomac for more than a decade.

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Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

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