RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau
Jason Lieberman was diagnosed with cerebral palsy spastic diplegia at the age of 11 months. He finally came to terms with his disability in the eighth grade and began running sensitivity training programs for his teachers and fellow students. While an undergraduate student at The George Washington University, Jason seriously began exploring the relationship between the two communities in which he was a part, the Jewish community and the disability community.
After graduating from the George Washington University in 2001, Jason joined the board of Matan: For Every Child. For Every Community. The Gift of Jewish Learning, an organization dedicated to providing Jewish education programs for individuals with special needs, most recently serving as its treasure until stepping off the board in 2013. 2001 also marked the beginning of Jason’s membership on the UJA-Federation of New York Task Force on Disability on which he continues to serve.
In 2003, Jason became the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Yachad/The National Jewish Council for Disabilities, an agency of the Orthodox Union, which seeks to include all Jews in the Jewish community regardless of their disabilities, a position he held until 2006. Jason received an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at the New York University in 2008.
Directly after graduating from Wagner, Jason became the Disability Program Manager for American International Group, a position he held until 2011. In this role he began working on initiatives around employment and retention of individuals with disabilities, insurance product development geared toward individuals with disabilities and their families. He also represented the company as a member of the New York City Disability Mentoring Day Committee and a number of business advisory councils.
Jason expanded his involvement with the broader disability community in 2012, joining the Board of the Bronx Independent Living Services, an independent living center serving Bronx residents on which he currently serves. In this role he advises, supports and strengthens a community based organization dedicated to empowering all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society.
In 2013, Jason was named one of the New York Jewish community’s 36 Under 36 by the New York Jewish Week, a list of 36 young leaders in the New York Jewish Community who have dared to challenge conventional thinking and follow their inner compass.
In 2019, Jason joined the board of American Friends of AKIM, an organization which supports Residential Facilities, Day Centers for Adults, Afternoon Leisure Activities, Employment Opportunities, Equal in Uniform a program,Culture, Education, Leisure and Sports programs, an Information Center, a Support line – “Parents for Parents,” Public & Community Advocacy, Legal Advocacy,and Guardianship issues for people with developmental disabilities of all ages in Israel.
He continues to be a sought-after public speaker, who has spoken in various venues throughout the United States and abroad for over 20 years. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City with his wife Emily and son Ruby.
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.