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Philip Kahn-Pauli

Philip Kahn-Pauli, Director of Federal Policy

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Philip Kahn-Pauli, Director of Federal Policy

Philip Kahn-Pauli is the Director of Federal Policy 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 the People with Disabilities at Work resource guide, the Finding a Job as a Person With a Disability in Los Angeles Toolkit, and numerous other resources for jobseekers with disabilities as well as policymakers. 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 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

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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