RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau
Neil is the founder and CEO of Abilicorp, a business innovation consulting company. Abilicorp’s mission is to significantly increase the employment rate of people with disabilities by promoting entrepreneurs with disabilities and eliminating employment barriers.
Neil retired in 2008 from Wells Fargo Bank after 29 years. Neil began his career at the Bank as a Proof-of-Deposit programmer. His last position was as a Senior Vice President managing the System Automation Management and Wireless Technology Divisions. Being the Chief Systems Architect for the retail business was also a position that Neil enjoyed. The proudest part of his career was architecting the first 7×24 banking system in the United States. The team, Neil managed implemented the 2nd mobile banking system in the country. Interestingly, Neil cannot use the mobile banking system because of his disabilities.
Neil has always been an advocate and change agent for the economic development of people with disabilities. In 1975 Neil co-founded the CIL Computer Training Program, a nationally recognized training program, enabling people with significant disabilities to become computer programmers. Neil also founded the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Data Processing and helped create the Neil Jacobson Computer Center in Uganda. He has served on the boards of The World Institute on Disability and RespectAbility
Having his advocacy work heavily shaped by his parents’ experience during the Holocaust, Neil has endeavored to further disability awareness to the Reform Judaism Movement. He has presented at the Hebrew Union College in New York and several Union of Reform Judaism’s Biennials. He and his wife, Denise, co-founded the Access Committee at Temple Sinai in Oakland, Ca.
Neil received a BS in Mathematics from Hofstra University and completed his MBA at Golden Gate University. In 1991, Governor Wilson inducted me into the California Hall of Fame. Neil has received many awards for his contributions, including the Independence Award from CIL, the Murray Award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy, and Alumnae of the Year at Golden Gate University.
Neil and Denise married in 1983 and adopted our son in 1987. Denise and Neil have Cerebral Palsy. Denise and Neil are part of the team that helped make The Netflix Documentary called Crip Camp.
Neil loves talking with family and friends, writing, watching good movies, and drinking mochas. Neil ends almost every conversation saying Go! Go! Go!
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 its project director, Debbie Fink, at firstname.lastname@example.org.