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Joy St. Juste, Director of Marketing and Communications

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Joy St. Juste, Director of Marketing and Communications

Joy St. Juste (she/her) is the Director of Marketing and Communications at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

After earning her undergraduate degree in journalism from Arizona State University, St. Juste spent several years as a freelance reporter, including a stint writing several Frommer’s Travel Guides throughout Mexico. In addition to travel writing, she has always had a passion for health journalism, and has written for publications such as CNN.com and the California Health Report.

Prior to joining RespectAbility, St. Juste spent six years advocating for the rights of Californians who were 50-plus years old in her role as associate state director for AARP California. Outside of work, St. Juste is a proud mama of two children and holds the “monitora” designation in the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.

Contact Joy St. Juste

Reach St. Juste at JoyS@RespectAbility.org.

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Lauren Appelbaum

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 LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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