Joshua Steinberg lives near the beach and enjoys spending his free time there, as well as walking and playing fetch with his beloved dog Shady. During the day, Steinberg spends his time working to make change possible for others with disabilities. Recently that has included fighting to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on food stamps can get food delivered at home. That way they do not have to risk a virus in-order-to eat.
“It only takes one act of kindness to change a person’s life for the better,” he said. “People with disabilities are often an overlooked population. I do not believe that having a disability should hinder you from success, and because of that, it is my passion and mission in life to give others with disabilities the opportunities and skills they need to succeed with their disability and advance their lives for the better.”
Steinberg is the Program Associate for RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership, where he is on the front lines in fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community and life.
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 in the 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 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, as well as mental health counseling.
Having gained a certification through the CompTIA A+ program in Information Technology in high school, 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.
Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, “We are very lucky to have Joshua Steinberg’s talents and passion on our team. He hit the ground running and will dramatically improve our ability to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”