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RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Dr. Nelle Richardson
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Dr. Nelle L. Richardson (she, her) immigrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean. She is an ordained pastor, motivational speaker, counselor, life coach and self-advocate. Richardson lives with nonvisible disabilities due to two accidents: a traumatic brain injury and neck and back injuries. As a motivational speaker, she addresses disability and racial bias.

Richardson is Ms. Wheelchair NY 2018’s godmother and mother of two adult children; a devoted wife; and leader in her community. She has worked for the Federation Employment and Guidance Services / NYC LINKS for two decades as a counselor in its Mental Health Unit, and as a case manager for the Criminal Justice Department. Her duties involve evaluating individuals and working with the NYC Supreme Law Judge; the Assistant District Attorney of NYC; and various attorneys, community professionals, parole, probation and other detention centers across New York City. Dr. Richardson also has volunteered her services in her community, addressing suicide prevention among youth in the LGBTQ community, and works with other youth and families through her church.

Richardson is the founder and CEO of The Will to Win Ministry, a nonprofit organization that empowers professional women and families by releasing negative stigma, hurt and shame associated with many life issues, including disability. Founded in 1997, The Ministry supports individuals and families in the U.S. and internationally, helping people get back on track to lead successful lives. As a motivational speaker and activist, her motto is to encourage and help others lead a better life one day at a time. Richardson’s greatest joy is to observe someone moving ahead, through and past his/her/their challenges.

Richardson is completing her first book, Safety in Chaos, to help children find safety when everything around them seems chaotic. She continues to spread love through motivation wherever she goes.

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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