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Philip Kahn-Pauli

Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy and Practices Director

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Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy and Practices Director

Philip Kahn-Pauli is the Policy and Practices Director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. He educates leaders at the federal and state level about best practices to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. Kahn-Pauli coordinated the development and distribution of both the Disability Employment First Planning Toolkit and Disability and Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success report. He frequently organizes accessible webinars on best practices, which are attended by workforce boards, agencies, VR, disability organizations, public officials, artists and more – reaching a national audience of more than 2,000. Kahn-Pauli also speaks at national and regional conferences for workforce boards, agencies and professionals.

Kahn-Pauli serves as the co-chair of the Employment and Training Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). He works with more than 110 national disability organizations to impact federal policy and move the disability employment agenda forward at the national level. At the state level, Kahn-Pauli advocates for cost effective solutions, replicable models and school-to-work transition programs for youth with disabilities.

Kahn-Pauli’s career in disability began with several years of work at a local nonprofit focused on traumatic brain injury. He holds a master’s degree in social policy and philosophy from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. Raised by a single mother with serious chronic health issues, he is deeply committed to building a better future for people with disabilities.

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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

8 comments… add one
  • GusBus Jan 5, 2019, 3:22 pm

    Are you the boy genius from Unsolved Mysteries ??

  • Fall of Roman Empire Feb 1, 2019, 12:15 am

    Yes that’s him because I compared a spot on his right ear from his segment on “Unsolved Mysteries” to the picture on this website and it’s a 100% perfect match. Looks like he is dedicating his life to helping other people which is not surprising at all given the info about him from the episode.

  • Stephanie Hopkins Feb 5, 2020, 10:40 pm

    It’s him. Unsolved Mysteries Wiki said he runs this organization.

  • Ralph May 22, 2020, 4:11 pm

    Well done Philip, you followed your heart and help people in need.

  • Lani Wolff May 22, 2020, 4:17 pm

    I just wanted to stop by and see the great things that Kahn-Pauli is up to these days! I admit I saw the Unsolved Mysteries as well and felt so inspired by his amazing compassion he showed at such a young age! I had to find out what he has been up to and Respect Abilities seems to be his perfe t calling! I appreciate that he has focused on such humble endeavours! Such an inspiration!

  • John Mar 3, 2021, 5:48 am

    Wanted to stop and say how proud I am that Philip followed his heart!!!

  • JR Aug 25, 2021, 10:40 pm

    There are wonderful people in this world and you are one of them Philip!

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