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Taylor Easley, Civic Engagement Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Taylor Easley

Taylor Easley is a Civic Engagement and Coalition Bulling Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

As a teen, Easley moved from Baltimore to Richmond to receive a better education and to have more opportunities. She has earned an Associate of Social Science degree with a minor in pre-social work, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, and is working on both her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and certification of nonprofit management at L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs school.

Easley began advocating for disability rights as a student at VCU. In her senior year at VCU, Easley found that there were not that many job opportunities for people with disabilities, and Easley wanted to work in policy to change that.

Through her classes, Easley learned to analyze and track legislation such as the Virginia Human Rights Act, while using her social work background to understand how a bill would impact people with disabilities.

Easley wants to open a nonprofit working with people with disabilities to help them find employment and educate people with disabilities around employment while teaching the community to see people with a disability as a person first.

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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.

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