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Dionne Joseph, Communications Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Fall / Winter 2016

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Dionne Joseph

Dionne Joseph was a Stigma and Communications Apprentice with RespectAbility where she worked on the #RespectTheAbility stigma campaign that spotlights model employers demonstrating how hiring workers with disabilities benefits the employer, the employee and society. Joseph was passionate about working at RespectAbility because she wants to break the stigma that society has regarding individuals with disabilities. Joseph also kept RespectAbility’s Facebook and Instagram accounts updated and assisted with the #PwDsVote Senate and Gubernatorial Campaign Questionnaire.

She has a great passion for working with individuals with disabilities because she knows from personal experience how difficult it can be getting by on an everyday basis. She was born with a visible hip condition – Hip Dysplasia, which gives her a lot of mobility issues during the cold winter, as well as a heart condition that had her in and out the hospitals since she was young. In addition, she was diagnosed with some learning disabilities as well.

Before joining RespectAbility, Joseph worked with the Arc of Opportunity, a nonprofit organization empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She wants to go to graduate school to become a Medical Social Worker to empower others who have disabilities to keep pushing forward. She wants to provide them with resources to be successful.

Currently Joseph is a senior at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts studying Human Services and minoring in Psychology.


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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