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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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There are 5,412,676 Hispanic/Latinx people with disabilities in America today, making up 9.1% of the total population. There are 2,969,668 working-age Hispanic/Latinx people with disabilities and out of that number, just 1,213,802 had jobs in 2019.

In America’s K-12 public school system there are 1,826,344 Hispanic/Latinx disabled students. Nationwide, they make up fully 27% of all special education students. In some jurisdictions, such as the Los Angeles Unified School and New York City, Hispanic/Latinx students with disabilities comprise the majority of special education students.

Join members of RespectAbility’s Board, Staff and National Leadership program in a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and learn more about ways in which we can change these statistics – from policy and civic education to entertainment media.

Headshots of Nelly Nieblas, Victor Pineda and Krista Ramirez-VillatoroFeaturing:

  • Nelly Nieblas, Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Engagement of RespectAbility
  • Victor Santiago Pineda, Board of Advisors of RespectAbility, President of World Enabled and filmmaker
  • Krista Ramirez-Villatoro, Entertainment Media Fellow of RespectAbility and UCLA graduate student in design and media arts

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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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