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COVID-19 Disability Community Gathering: People Who Use Wheelchairs

In Partnership With The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

This townhall-style gathering for people who use wheelchairs was facilitated by Tatiana Lee, Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility and Bill Cawley, Director, Peer & Family Support Program at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

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Our COVID-19 Disability Community Gatherings are an interactive ZOOM series that feature expert self-advocates as facilitators and provide opportunities to establish: 1) community connectivity during isolation; 2) time to learn from one another and share resources; and 3) a pipeline to action-based solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Want to hear, learn and share good ideas about how to survive and thrive during isolation?

Then join us! Conducted in a townhall style, each gathering is for a specific population within the larger disability community, and focuses on potential solutions to particular challenges.

What can you expect to get out of attending? Together, we . . .

  1. Foster a sense of connection and communication during this time of isolation;
  2. Learn from one another and share resources;
  3. Establish a pipeline for solution-based action.

Want to help hear and/or learn from other people with similar disabilities?

Together, we can identify specific challenges that seem consistent among each disability community’s populations (e.g., the current challenges of people who are blind are different than those of people who use wheelchairs and/or who have mental health challenges). 

Want to help ensure that people with disabilities get their fair share as the government delegates trillions of dollars?

Together, we can continue to impact governmental (federal, state, and/or local) responses to the needs of people with disabilities during COVID-19.

Headshots of Bill Cawley and Tatiana Lee. Text: Virtual Gathering for People Who Use Wheelchairs.

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications 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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