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Los Angeles: How Disability Inclusion & Equity Can Add to Your Success

Four photos of diverse people with disabilities workingA special lunch session for philanthropists, nonprofits, social justice activists, faith leaders and diversity professionals in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 12, 2020

With Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President of RespectAbility and 2019 winner of the United Nation’s Zero Barriers Project Award, Matan Koch, Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership and Tatiana Lee, Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility.

This year climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg was recognized as TIME magazine person of the year. Autistic, she calls her neurodivergence her “superpower.” History indicates some of the most talented and impactful people on earth also have disabilities – from Harriet Tubman who had epilepsy, Thomas Edison who was deaf, to artist Frieda Kahlo with mobility disabilities. The CDC reports fully 1-in-4 adults has a physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health or other disability. Despite this prevalence, a groundbreaking new study shows that most nonprofits and foundations discriminate against people with disabilities every day, typically because they don’t know what they don’t know about how to welcome and include people with disabilities.

Join a lively and intimate lunchtime conversation that will give you new insights, tools and contacts to help you advance equity while advancing issues you are working on today! There will be absolutely no fundraising at this event. After a very short presentation it will mostly be questions, answers and discussions so you can get solutions to make your work and passions stronger and more effective. Leading Los Angeles inclusion leaders from the public and private sector will also lift up some stories of success.


Headshot of Jennifer Mizrahi, smiling and facing the camera wearing a red blazer color photoJennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, is co-author of Disability in Philanthropy & Nonprofits: A Study on the Inclusion and Exclusion of the 1-in-5 People Who Live with a Disability and What You Can Do to Make Things Better. RespectAbility offers free resources, training, and works with foundations, nonprofits and others to ensure access and expand opportunities for diverse people with disabilities. Dyslexic herself, Mizrahi is also the co-founder/director of The Mizrahi Family Charitable foundation. Mizrahi has met 1-1 with 46 of America’s governors and worked with presidents and prime ministers around the world. She was interviewed on the PBS Newshour about her co-authored publication, Disability & Criminal Justice Reform, and her work on civic engagement for Americans with disabilities in the presidential campaign. She is the winner of the 2019 Zero Barriers Project Award, which was awarded at the United Nations, for breaking barriers on behalf of people with disabilities. She is active in Hollywood as RespectAbility is currently advising more than 20 film, TV and streaming projects. Read more about Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.

Matan Koch headshotMatan A. Koch is the Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership. A longtime national leader in disability advocacy and a wheelchair user himself, he leads Project Moses, RespectAbility’s Los Angeles-based Jewish leadership project, and is also on the front lines in many other areas of RespectAbility’s work, including: disability inclusion in philanthropy and nonprofits, Jewish outreach and impact, leadership, legal affairs and our continuing Los Angeles expansion. Read more about Matan Koch.

Tatiana Lee smiling outside in a parking lot.Tatiana Lee is a Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility. She was a Communications Fellow in Spring 2019, participating in the leadership program to gain better knowledge and skills to be a more effective advocate in Hollywood for disability inclusion. Now, she helps represent RespectAbility in Hollywood. Like RespectAbility, Lee has dedicated her life to fighting for inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of mass media. Lee learned to harness the power of social media to speak boldly about accessibility and inclusion in mass media. She became the voice behind Accessible Hollywood,where she highlighted her journey as an actress, model and lifestyle influencer born with Spina Bifida. Read more about Tatiana Lee.

Event Details

RSVPs Required By 5PM On March 9!
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12 pm – 2 pm
Location: 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Food: A kosher lunch will be provided.
Questions: Email –, Phone – 202-517-6272
Accommodations: For ASL or another accommodation please email at least 48 hours in advance. The building is ADA accessible.


Meet the Author

Eric Ascher
Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Communications Director 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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