RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau
Joshua Steinberg is the Program Associate for RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. As the Program Associate, Steinberg reports to the Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership. Lending his help to Project Moses, RespectAbility’s Los Angeles-based Jewish leadership project, and the Los Angeles workforce projects, he uses his unique views and creativity to advance the programs’ goals. Steinberg also provides support on the front lines in many other areas of RespectAbility’s work, including disability inclusion in philanthropy and nonprofits, Jewish outreach and impact, leadership and other Los Angeles-based initiatives.
Steinberg has hands-on experience in learning how to use diverse types of disabilities to achieve success both for himself and for others, as well as first-hand experience working with the intellectually, developmentally and physically disabled community. As a person with learning disabilities, including Attention Deficit Disorder, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome and mild Bipolar Disorder, Steinberg has a unique understanding of the disability community and what it takes for a person with disabilities to achieve success. Having worked in a group home and preparing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for independent living, Steinberg gained significant training and knowledge in regard to working with people who have a wide range of disabilities, including best practices for providing a person-first atmosphere, and mental health counseling.
Having gained a certification through the CompTIA A+ program in Information Technology, Steinberg also is using his knowledge of technology, marketing, social media and communications to help with the expansion and success of RespectAbility’s Los Angeles initiatives. A graduate of Hofstra University’s Political Science program with acceptance into the National Political Science Honors Society, Steinberg is using his experience with the disability community to advance RespectAbility’s mission of fighting stigmas and promoting inclusion and accessibility for organizations, advocates, and individuals with disabilities.
About RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau
RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau offers diverse speakers with disabilities to teach about disability inclusion; and/or to offer their expertise in an array of topics, ranging from Art and Entertainment to Entrepreneurship, Education, Finance, Law, Psychology, Religion (of many faiths) and every vocation in between. Our Speakers Bureau and its divisions are expanding. If this is of interest to you or you know a professional with a visible or nonvisible disability who might be interested, you (or she/he/they) can email Speakers@RespectAbility.org.