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Wally Tablit

Wally Tablit, Senior Director of Workforce and Policy

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Wally Tablit, Senior Director of Workforce and Policy

Wally Tablit (He/Him/His) is the Senior Director of Workforce and Policy for RespectAbility. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Tablit is a recognized leader in the field of Supported Employment, with over 25 years of experience working with people with disabilities and leading advocacy and policy efforts that create positive impacts on communities. He has served as a director of several employment agencies in Washington State, serving various populations. He also is a local and national speaker, trainer, and consultant on best practices around community integrated employment, organizational development, and diversity, equity, and true inclusion.

Tablit has served as the President of the Washington State Board of APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First) and was elected to the National Board of APSE in 2017.  He was recently chosen as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer on the National Board of APSE.

Tablit identifies proudly as a gay Asian man with a disability.  He was born in the Philippines, but his parents immigrated to Hawaii when he was 6 months old. He identifies ethnically as Filipino, but culturally as both Filipino and Hawaiian. He left Hawaii to attend Seattle University and holds a BA in Rehabilitation and an MA in Counseling.

In his work and in his life, Tablit is motivated by 3 very simple yet powerful words: Invitation, Innovation, Celebration. His passion and commitment for creating an equitable world for people of all abilities, identities, cultures, and experiences is also driven by these beliefs. Wally truly believes that we are all global citizens, and once we remember that how we learn in life is to be engaged by it, we will allow people the opportunities to do so.

Tablit is a karaoke enthusiast, a volleyball fan, and a lover of fashion (with too many ties and pairs of shoes to count). He lives in Seattle, WA with his husband, Steve, and their funky mutt, Sammy Sandwich.

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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 LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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