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RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

Millie Gonzalez headshot wearing a sash for Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2019

Millie Gonzalez, M.A.

Millie Gonzalez, M.A., is co-founder of the New Jersey Disability Collective; board president for The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies; board chair, retreat organizer and program developer for the Spina Bifida Resource Network (SBRN); and vice board chair for the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI). Gonzalez is also a communication strategist, writer, editor and event planner with nearly 20 years of experience. She was on the steering committee that established ACI’s annual NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration in 2011 and has served as the co-emcee of the event nearly every year since its inception. A longtime disability advocate, Gonzalez established, organizes and facilitates SBRN’s annual Empowerment Retreat for adults with disabilities, as well as their new Virtual Empowerment Series and online support group.

A certified peer mentor with United Spinal Association and member of the ADA Trainer Leadership Network, Gonzalez is a disability consultant, trainer and speaker. She presents on a wide range of topics including accessibility, emergency management, advocacy, allyship, relationships and intimacy, job readiness and disability etiquette to a variety of audiences. Gonzalez is the lead organizer of the ReelAbilities: NJ Disabilities Film Festival at Kean University, which features disabled artists and speakers alongside award-winning international films by, about and/or featuring people with disabilities. As Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2019, she elevated her platform, #LiveFiercely through Self-Care, to increase awareness of the disability community and encourage disabled folks to honor their health and mental wellness and engage in civic engagement. She is a member of ZCO/Dance Project and Shimmy Sisters, has studied with AXIS and Full Radius dance companies, and has performed with the physically integrated Heidi Latsky Dance Company in New York City.

A plus-sized, disabled Latinx, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Gonzalez is one of only 30 honorees of Diversability’s national D-30 Disability Impact List.

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.

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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