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Stan Goldman

Stan Goldman, Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

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Stan Goldman, Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

Stan Goldman serves as the writing coach for the Fellows in the National Leadership Program at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Although semi-retired, he also advises several disability organizations that support community integration, especially inclusive schools and competitive, integrated employment. Goldman is a reader for several literary agents and edits novels for first-time novelists.

His former lives include working as a college English teacher at Purdue University and for many years writing books and articles about Herman Melville and chasing large white objects, in his mind. He was the managing editor of Cardiovascular Toxicology, a peer-reviewed science journal. Goldman raised $12 million in six years as a grants writer for a network of hospitals in Kentucky, and served 18 years as a program director for health and disabilities at two major foundations, including The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Goldman lives in Owings Mills, Maryland in a small rancher in the woods and shares his home with a 100-pound male Akita named Duncan — a spoiled brat. He is a long-time caneologist and collects antique walking canes and carves his own canes from the beautiful wood grown in Maryland: black walnut, cherry, honey locust, ash and Spanish cedar. Goldman is an inveterate reader of American poetry and essays. He is most proud of his only son who plays the clarinet in the Dallas Opera Symphony and is financially independent in the impossible world of classical music.

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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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