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Adding the “D” to Diversity: Enabling Foundations, Nonprofits and Partners to Include People with Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Candace Cable and Tatiana Lee sitting in front of a screen, looking at someone asking a question (not pictured)

Panelists (L-R): Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Candace Cable, and Tatiana Lee

About Our Speakers

Headshot of Jennifer Mizrahi, smiling and facing the camera wearing a red blazer color photoJennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is the President of RespectAbility. She regularly works with disability organizations, national, state and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media, employers, philanthropists, celebrities and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. Ms. Laszlo Mizrahi has submitted testimony on employment for people with disabilities in all fifty states and at the Federal level.

Ms. Laszlo Mizrahi co-presented during the webinar panel, “Adding the ‘D’ to Diversity: Enabling Foundations, Nonprofits and Partners to Include People with Disabilities.” She opened the panel and delivered Best Practices and related statistics from RespectAbility’s recent polls and studies.

Candace Cable smiling

Candace Cable was a Public Policy/Employment Fellow in RespectAbilitys National Leadership Program for Spring of 2019, and is now the California Workforce Program Manager at RespectAbility. Ms. Cables involvement in sports after a spinal cord injury in 1975 at the age of 21 gave her renewed health, the ability to socially re-engage and a purpose in life. After her 27-year Paralympic athletic career, she uses this platform to effect positive global cohesive change for people with disabilities through her disability education training, consulting, writing, volunteering and speaking.

Ms. Cable co-presented during the webinar panel, sharing her lived experience as one with an acquired disability, and Best Practices on Disability Etiquette and how to become an effective Inclusionist.

Tatiana Lee smiling outside in a parking lot.

Tatiana Lee was a Communications Fellow at RespectAbilitys National Leadership Program for Spring 2019, and is now a Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility. Ms. Lee came to this leadership program to gain better knowledge and skills to be a more effective advocate in Hollywood for disability inclusion. She wants to learn about RespectAbilitys culture to maintain the excellent track record for effectiveness it has in Hollywood. She hopes to help represent RespectAbility in Hollywood. Like RespectAbility, Ms. Lee has dedicated her life to fighting for inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of mass media.

Ms. Lee co-presented during the webinar panel, sharing her lived experience, her story as one born with a disability, and Best Practices on Disability Etiquette and how to become an effective Inclusionist.

Guttman Community College LogoThis event was generously hosted by CUNY’s Guttman Community College.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Meet the Author

Debbie Fink

Debbie Fink is Director of Community Outreach & Impact for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. In addition to this role, she was Project Director for the unprecedented Women’s Disability Leadership, Inclusion & Advocacy Series; and is responsible for RespectAbility’s Volunteer Corps and Jewish Inclusion Project. Ms. Fink brings more than 15 years of diverse leadership experience in public health, education and arts programming to serve RespectAbility’s mission. Fink has a lifetime commitment to enabling people with disabilities to have a better future and is passionate about the constructive impact volunteers can make in the world. To reach her, email [email protected]

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  • Jerri Andrw Dec 15, 2019, 6:35 pm

    Seeking help with aiding my hearing impaired son with accessing Chemical Dependency residential treatment that will also train him with vocational training. Found one but the cost is prohibitive and he does not have employment so does not have insurance to cover. Seeking any resource that might provide scholarships, granting, or assistance.

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