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Stephanie Farfan

Stephanie Farfan, Latinx Inclusionist

RespectAbility Policy, Practices and Latinx Outreach Associate Stephanie Farfan smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Stephanie Farfan, Latinx Inclusionist

Stephanie Farfan is a Latinx Inclusionist for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. As a little person, she personally always has been committed to disability rights and advocacy. She has experienced firsthand the discrimination many people with disabilities face. This discrimination led to her commitment to fight the stigmas and social barriers that people with disabilities have to contend with to be taken seriously. This is especially true when one is also a member of another minority. Farfan has been a part of Little People of America (LPA) since she was 16 years old and volunteered her time as a co-chair for the Hispanic Affairs Committee. Her fluency in Spanish enables her to help Spanish-speaking little people and their families get the resources and support they may otherwise not have access to.

Farfan completed her undergraduate studies with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in French at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. While at Juniata, Farfan studied abroad in Lille, France. She loved the experience and was grateful that the opportunity allowed her to improve her French. She later was accepted to American University’s School of International Service, where she currently is pursuing a Masters’ in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. As a graduate student, Farfan served as a Public Policy Fellow at RespectAbility and as the Policy, Practices and Latinx Outreach Coordinator. She also interned at Win Without War, a progressive foreign policy think tank, where she worked on immigration issues.

Farfan hopes to combine the experience she has working with the Latinx community and her academic work in peace studies into a career that can help the international disability community, particularly for Latinx people with disabilities. Eventually, she aspires to earn a Ph.D. and hopes to open doors in academia for people with disabilities and foster intersectional inclusivity through her social activism.

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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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