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Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones, Manager of Partnerships

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Elizabeth Jones, Manager of Partnerships

Elizabeth Jones is the Manager of Partnerships for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. A lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, she helps create positive collaborations and progress on behalf of the one-in-five people who have a disability.

She is responsible for supporting the day-to-day work of the CEO/President, building board success, ensuring smooth operation of general operations of the office and expanding impact on work for people with disabilities. Additionally, she reaches out to celebrities and advocates to increase their awareness of RespectAbility’s goals and coordinate engagement.

Prior to joining RespectAbility, Jones worked at the Computer Electronic Accommodations Program, a centrally funded Department of Defense program that provides assistive technology to federal employees of 69 partner agencies who have disabilities, as well as wounded, ill and injured Service members. In that work, she helped ensure that talented people with a wide variety of disabilities had the tools and accessibility they needed to maximize their performance.

Jones also has previous nonprofit experience advocating for migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the U.S. She was the Program Associate for Migrant Legal Action Program, Inc., where she supported day-to-day office requirements and directly assisted the Executive Director. Born in and adopted from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, she has lived in Poland, Brazil and New York. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language. Jones speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish to varying degrees.

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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

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