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Rebecca Gross

Rebecca Gross, NYC Inclusionist

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Rebecca Gross

Rebecca Gross is an NYC Inclusionist with RespectAbility, working to make connections between New York City’s disability community and RespectAbility’s Women’s Disability Leadership, Inclusion & Advocacy Training Series in NYC. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities.

Gross graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2017 with a BA in liberal arts concentrating in disability studies, theater and education and currently is working toward an MA in Disability Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Her interest in disability advocacy stems from her personal experiences with learning disabilities and mental illness. She spent the early part of her education transferring between Jewish Day Schools that could not accommodate her needs, before attending a specialized high school for learning disabilities where she felt firsthand the difference that appropriate accommodations make for a person’s academic and psychological well-being.

At Sarah Lawrence, Gross was one of the leaders of the Sarah Lawrence Disability Alliance (SLCDA), a student disability advocacy organization which works toward accessibility, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities both on campus, and in the wider community.  In this role, she led weekly meetings for students with disabilities and allies and created many events and several publications working toward these goals. She also acted as a student representative on the administration’s Ad Hoc Accessibility Committee and contributed ideas and research to the design team for the creation of a new student center, which is set to open later this year.  She is passionate about ensuring that students with disabilities have the knowledge and practical self-advocacy skills that are needed to succeed in school and communities.

In addition to her work as an Inclusionist, Gross tutors students with disabilities in a variety of subjects, and is the Art Specialist for a weekend social skills program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During the summer, she works every weekend as an actor and director at the New York Renaissance Faire. Gross loves live theater, especially Shakespeare, and is learning American Sign Language.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director 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. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email

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