National Leadership Program, Fall 2018
Josh Goodrich was a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Goodrich joined RespectAbility because he grew up with many family members who had disabilities. His grandmother was in a wheelchair, his uncle has autism, and his aunt, who has inspired him, is deaf. Goodrich graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in both political science and communication. At Pitt, Goodrich was awarded for writing and delivering a speech about his aunt’s commitment to being an advocate for the deaf community.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch said, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” These words are important for Goodrich because he wants to understand the world around him, and he wants to help others understand the world. Goodrich believes that media and communication can share stories to inform, educate and inspire people.
In fact, Goodrich already has started to write and create content with that intent. Goodrich does extensive research and regularly publishes content for the BuzzFeed Community, a section for the popular digital media website. He has published articles about whimsical topics including an interview he had with an AI and about TanaCon. He also has written serious articles about the Apple/Samsung patent lawsuit, the Nestlé and Starbucks business deal, and the Chinese cryptocurrency ban.
In his free time, Goodrich writes novels and hopes to publish his political-adventure story in the future. He also likes to learn languages and currently is learning Norwegian because Goodrich dreams of being able to live and work in Norway.
Goodrich wrote four pieces during the Fall 2018 Fellowship. Two pieces were for our main website:
- An Odyssey with Geoffrey Melada (September 25, 2018)
- Shabbat Smile 5779, Volume 9, by Josh Goodrich (November 2, 2018)
and two pieces were for The RespectAbility Report:
- Disability Supporter Brown Re-Elected in Ohio Senate Race (November 7, 2018)
- Disability Supporter Kelly Becomes Kansas’ Next Governor (November 7, 2018)
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