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Seattle: How Disability Inclusion & Equity Can Add to Your Success

Four photos of diverse people with disabilities workingA special breakfast session for philanthropists, nonprofits, social justice activists and diversity professionals in Seattle on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

With Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President of RespectAbility and 2019 winner of the United Nation’s Zero Barriers Project Award

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 morning 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 Seattle 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.

Aerial view of downtown Seattle with the space needle in the background.Event Details

RSVPs Required By Noon On March 10!
Hosts: Rebecca Laszlo and Sara Intriligator
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8:15 – 10:00 am

  • Doors open/Networking/Food: 8:15 am
  • Program: 8:45 am
  • Discussion/Networking: until 10:00 am

Location: 583 Battery Street, Seattle WA 98121 (Downtown Seattle near Amazon Spheres)
Room: North Tower Sky Retreat (41st Floor)
Food: Light breakfast items including juice, coffee, tea, breads, cream cheese, fruit
Questions: Email –, Phone – (206) 963-3348
Accommodations: For ASL or another accommodation please email at least 48 hours in advance. The building is ADA accessible.
Upon arrival: A greeter will remain in the building lobby for the first 30 minutes checking names on the guest list and directing you to the elevator for the 41st floor. The concierge will handle check-ins for people arriving later.
Parking: Street parking is metered and there are nearby pay parking lots at 6th & Bell.
Transit: Numerous bus lines stop within 2 blocks (3rd & Bell, 5th & Wall, etc.); nearest light rail is Westlake Station (0.5 mile).
No Smoking No Vaping: Insignia is a 100% non-smoking building; this includes no vaping, not even on the outdoor patio. You must descend the elevator and exit onto the street level to smoke or vape.
Rooftop Sight-Seeing Limitations: The view is stupendous on this rooftop, but please note our event participants are to stay the reserved room only (plus the nearby bathrooms). You are welcome to walk around and take a few photos in the other areas without lingering long, but then please return to our Sky Retreat.


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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