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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 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

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