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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.

8:00-9:00 am - Jews, Social Justice, Inclusion & Disability9:00-10:00 am - Putting the D (Disability) Back in Diversity10:00-11:00 am - Hollywood and Jobs for People with Disabilities

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, 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. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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