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RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

Abigail Shaw smiling seated on a bench outside

Abigail Shaw
Photo courtesy of Rick Guidotti, Positive Exposure 109

Abigail Shaw (she, her) is a transplant to New York from North Carolina, and strives to educate the public on persons with disabilities through her hobbies and work.

Shaw received a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University and currently is pursuing a Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Shaw works at Learning Ally in NYC, an educational solutions organization primarily serving individuals with print-related disabilities. At Learning Ally, Shaw serves as the College Success Program’s mentorship coordinator for college students who are blind, and she contributes her skills with audio and recording to the production process of Learning Ally’s audio books.

Abigail Shaw's guide dog, Kit

Kit, Abigail’s guide dog, accompanies Abigail wherever she goes, including marathon runs.
Photo courtesy of Rick Guidotti, Positive Exposure 109

As a long-distance runner, Shaw is a member and co-captain of the New York City chapter of Achilles International, an organization promoting mainstream athletics for people with disabilities. She has competed in several national half and whole marathons and triathlons. Since June of 2019, she has been on the Advisory Committee on Transit Accessibility for New York City Transit and currently acts as the co-chair. Whether by plane, train or automobile—Shaw’s preferred method of transportation is with her yellow lab guide dog from Guiding Eyes for the Blind by her side.

Shaw wrote a personal reflection that RespectAbility published during Women’s HERstory Month in 2020.

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

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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