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Special Event Invitation: VIP Conversations About the Future of People with Disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond

Text: Conversations on Disability Inclusion in San Francisco. Images of Tatiana Lee and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

You are invited to join RespectAbility on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at San Francisco’s One Up Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Hotel for three back-to-back key conversations on disability inclusion. Our conveners and facilitators:

Tatiana Lee is an Inclusionist at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Lee also is the voice behind “Accessible Hollywood,” where she highlights her journey as an actress, model and lifestyle influencer born with Spina Bifida. Today she is on the front lines of creating access and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, is a champion of the 1-in-5 people who have a physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health or other disability. Mizrahi has published more than a hundred articles on disability, met 1-1 with 46 of America’s governors and is especially passionate about people of color and English language learners with disabilities who face double discrimination. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities.

Here Are Our Three Topics – You Can Join For One, Two Or Three Conversations!

Jews, Social Justice, Inclusion & Disability

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

RespectAbility recently completed a major national poll on these issues that had an oversample of Jews from California. We learned what Jews with disabilities and their loved ones are experiencing, and a lot about their hopes and dreams. Get the latest data-driven insights and find out what is working in the US and Israel on the inclusion of Jews with disabilities. Meet other people who care about tikkun olam (creating a better world). Be a part of a community that cares!

Putting the “D” (Disability) Back In Diversity: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Include the 1-In-5 People Who Live With Disability

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Many social justice organizations that serve marginalized communities focus on race, gender, place and poverty. They inadvertently exclude or do not know how to include people with disabilities. Even worse, this exclusion disproportionately leaves out people of color and English-language learners with disabilities who face double discrimination. If you work with nonprofits, philanthropy, entertainment industry, news media or social justice – join us to learn how you can include people with disabilities!

Hollywood and Jobs for People with Disabilities

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Want an inside look at what is happening to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities? Breakthrough shows including Born This Way, Deaf Out Loud and Speechless and others are only the beginning. Moreover, there is huge progress on disability employment – literally four times the number of people with disabilities got new jobs in 2016 (most recent data available), and the trend is continuing. Good things are happening because a lot of great people are doing great work! RespectAbility’s president, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, and the dynamic Tatiana Lee will facilitate a conversation with people working on, and/or passionate about, these issues. Come network to share ideas and get in on unprecedented progress.

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Meet the Author

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

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