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Jake Stimell

Jake Stimell, Associate, Speakers Bureau & Jewish Inclusion

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Jake Stimell

Jake Stimell is the first-ever Associate, Speakers Bureau & Jewish Inclusion at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

In his work, Stimell recruits, trains and places leaders with disabilities as speakers with the National Disability Speakers Bureau (NDSB). He connects talented speakers to organizations (nonprofits, corporations and educational institutions) seeking disability training.

Stimell initially joined RespectAbility as a Community Outreach & Impact Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. Stimell graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in May 2020 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Through a college fellowship, Stimell worked in disability advocacy at the Invisible Disabilities Association, where he played a significant role in the introduction of disability legislation in New York, Pennsylvania and Alabama. In addition to his work with the IDA, Stimell has experience in partnership and foundation research as well as leadership experience at the Link20 National Leadership Program.

As an undergraduate, Stimell became increasingly more involved in the Jewish community through his affiliation with Hillel and Zeta Beta Tau, the first and largest Jewish fraternity. He also expanded his involvement in the disability community through social media networking and membership in the Deaf and Disabled Student’s Union.

Stimell’s personal experience with a neuromuscular disability, coupled with his academic and professional experience in the disability field, have enabled him to more fully understand the varied experiences of people with disabilities. Stimell lives in New York City and has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, always cheering on the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.

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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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