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Seeking Blind and Low Vision College Graduates for Careers in Policy and Nonprofit Management

Ollie, Steven, Nick and Leo Cantos, along with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Calvin Harris and Vivian Bass at RespectAbility's 2018 SummitWe hosted an event on July 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Santa Monica discussing how blind and low vision college graduates can join our “earn while you learn” virtual apprenticeship program. We’re looking for talented people with blindness or low vision from California who have an interest in public service, running for office, advocating on Capitol Hill, working at a non-profit foundation or in media to join our one-of-a-kind virtual training program.

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About The Program

Our unique National Leadership Program is an intensive training program that places people with disabilities and their allies on the fast track to careers in leadership in policy, communications, media or nonprofit management. Fellows work virtually with mentors and professional staff, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as get hands-on training in public speaking, writing, social media and networking. The Fellowship enables our young leaders to gain critical skills to jumpstart their careers in public policy, media or advocacy. Alumni of the program have gone on to work at the White House, Congress, advocacy organizations, foundations, The World Bank and elsewhere.

We offer seven different areas of focus for our Fellowship program:

  • Civic Engagement / Grassroots & Coalition Building
  • Communications & Media
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Federal Policy
  • State and Local Policy
  • Best Practices in Disability Employment

Depending on the area of focus that they choose, National Leadership Fellows will have the chance to:

  • Enable diverse people with disabilities to get the skills and jobs they need for a better future.
  • Fight implicit bias and stigmas by promoting positive and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities in TV, films and the news media.
  • Educate philanthropists and nonprofits about how they can include people with disabilities equally in their work.
  • Reach out to candidates for Senate, Governor and the Presidency in a nonpartisan way that will encourage key conversations about issues that impact the 56 million people in America who live with a disability.

How to Apply

The Fall 2021 Fellowship starts on September 13, 2021. There are opportunities for both paid and stipend Fellowships. Paid fellows make $15 an hour and we hire seven of them each year. Stipend fellows receive a monthly stipend of $300. In addition, all Fellows participate in special presentations by guest speakers, get personal coaching on their writing and resumes, meet with elected officials and participate in strategic communications workshops.

Applicants must fill out the online application and send their resume and cover letter to BenS@RespectAbility.org! The priority deadline for Fall 2021 Fellowship Applicants is August 2.

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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