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Nicole Homerin

Nicole Homerin, Education Consultant

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Nicole Homerin

Nicole Homerin, M.Ed., is a PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education at California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA. She has over a decade of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Homerin received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston College, where she was the recipient of the Bernard A. Stotsky/Thomas H. Browne Prize for Excellence in Special Education. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University.

Homerin currently serves as the Project Coordinator for Project PISCES (Partners in Improving Social Communication in Early Childhood Special Education) and Project PIPP (Program Improvement and Personnel Preparation of Experts Working with School-Age students who are Blind or Visually Impaired). Both programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). OSEP funds Master’s students in pursuit of certificates and credentials in Early Childhood Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, and Orientation and Mobility.

Prior to this, Homerin served as the Lead Special Education Teacher at a Nonpublic School in Los Angeles for children with multiple disabilities and children who were medically fragile. She has also spent several years educating children with multiple disabilities at The Campus School at Boston College and in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind.

In addition to her love of classroom teaching, she has a passion for expanding recreational and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Homerin spent two years working in the Adaptive Dance Program at The Boston Ballet School and taught several Adaptive Percussive Dance classes at Perkins School for the Blind. In addition, she has spent her summers since 2012 working at AbilityFirst Camp Paivika, a summer camp in Southern California, for children and adults with disabilities. Homerin plans to continue her journey of advocacy in special education as well as serve as a mentor and educator for aspiring Special Education Professionals.

Outside of work, Homerin enjoys being active. She has trained as an Irish Step Dancer since childhood and continues to enjoy training and performing for the community. In addition, Homerin enjoys running. She most recently completed the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon. She is a member of Team Hoyt San Diego, a non-profit that empowers athletes with disabilities through inclusion in sports, running races, and triathlons.

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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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