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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave, Board of Directors

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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave is a senior at Indiana University majoring in chronic illness advocacy as well as journalism. She created the Health Advocacy Summit​ and its program of ​Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network​ with major funding from Helmsley Charitable Trust​ and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, to create more support systems for adolescents and young adults with chronic and rare illnesses across the U.S. and internationally. She is proud to have these organizations transparent and independent from the pharmaceutical industry.

Sneha has completed a research fellowship in health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is continuing research as an undergraduate. She has also interned at Pfizer Global Headquarters in health economics and outcomes research. Sneha has spoken on Capitol Hill, was featured nationally on C-SPAN, was a past contributor for U.S. News and World Report, and has put in considerable time and effort in D.C. advocating for better access to health care for people with chronic illnesses. She also created and chairs the first disability caucus in Indiana, and has served on the Democratic National Committee Disability Policy Subcommittee and Women’s March Disability Caucus. Sneha was awarded two academic fellowships with the Association of Health Care Journalists. She was previously a national policy fellow and now serves as the youngest director on the board for RespectAbility, a national nonprofit. Sneha was selected in 2018 as one of the most influential teenagers internationally, and in 2020 as the American Association of People with Disabilities Emerging Leader.

Sneha has reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and enjoys climbing, hiking, and reading in her free time. Most of all, she is incredibly grateful for all the people she gets to work with to create more systems for the next generation of patients. She has proudly lived in Indiana for most of her life and is passionate about advocacy for rural communities, women of color with disabilities, as well as for more transparency in the patient advocacy space. You can follow her @snehadave98 on Twitter and Instagram or connect with her on​ LinkedIn.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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