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Debbie Fink

Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach and Impact

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Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach and Impact

Debbie Fink is Director of Community Outreach and Impact for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. She brings more than 15 years of diverse leadership experience in public health, education and arts programming to serve RespectAbility’s mission.

Fink has a lifetime commitment to enabling people with disabilities to have a better future and is passionate about the constructive impact volunteers can make in the world.

A published author and musician, Fink managed a woman-owned small business, developing and delivering books and programs that educate, motivate, and celebrate diverse people including those with disabilities. She also served as VP of Global Programs for a 100 percent volunteer-run organization that provided free services to families of wounded warriors and other service members. Fink’s numerous books and curricula have impacted more than 500,000 beneficiaries worldwide, and she was a recording artist on the CD All in Good Time.

With global experience developing and delivering innovative, ‘multi-intelligence’ programs, Fink’s edu-tainment has reached more than 70,000 people. The USO selected Fink as a Guest Educator and performer, sending her on global tours to edu-tain our troops’ families throughout South Korea, Japan/Okinawa, Italy, and Germany, including performing for (and with) wounded warriors. The Obama White House’s Joining Forces staff asked Fink to draft a script for former First Lady Michelle Obama, who then recorded a heartwarming video message for military-connected children. Fink shared this priceless message at her USO events in South Korea, Germany and Italy.

One of Fink’s favorite programs is her disability awareness program, entitled Brain Power! Celebrating Learning Differences. A multi-cultural, multi-intelligence program, Brain Power! was commissioned by a school serving students with learning disabilities. Fink has performed Brain Power! for approximately 4,500 students, educators and parents throughout the Washington, D.C., area.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Fink holds a master’s degree combining education, public administration and psychology from George Mason University; a bachelor’s degree in psychology from American University; and is a certified gymnastics and diving coach. She and her husband have three grown children.

Contact Debbie Fink

Reach Fink at DebbieF@respectability.org.

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Meet the Author

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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