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Becca Block, Jewish Inclusion Apprentice

National Leadership Program, 2022

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Becca Block

Becca Block is a Jewish Inclusion Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Spring and Fall 2022. RespectAbility is a national nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Block is a proud Jewish, queer, disabled, and chronically ill person who resides in Montgomery County, Maryland. Block graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism & Mass Communications in December 2021. She majored in mass communications and minored in education.

Much of her work experience has involved working directly with students to foster inclusive environments. For example, as Peer Leader for a University of South Carolina freshman seminar, Block developed lesson plans and mentored first-year students to help them adjust to college life. In addition, she has worked in Jewish camps as a counselor-in-training at Capital Camps and as a counselor at Camp Kayitz. Alongside the Apprenticeship, Block works at Temple Beth Ami as an accessible educator in the religious school and scaffolds curriculum to meet individual support needs.

She uses her storytelling skills to share via social media about her experiences interacting with the healthcare system as someone with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Crohn’s disease, craniocervical instability, and rare vascular compressions. Additionally, she uses her online platform to address ableism, foster community, and share resources for others with her medical conditions.

The Apprenticeship at RespectAbility was a perfect opportunity to explore the connection between her Jewish faith and disabled identity. At RespectAbility, Block particularly focuses on managing content and layout for the Jewish Disability Perspectives Newsletter. Working alongside fellow leaders with disabilities has been life-changing for Block, and she hopes to remain immersed in disability culture.

Block wants to work in the field of disability justice. She has special interests in patient advocacy, disability-related language & the media, and Jewish inclusion. Block hopes to find a fulfilling career that combines her strengths (communications, education, and empathy) with her passion for disability rights. Additionally, she sees herself organizing grassroots mutual aid programs in her local community and becoming a foster parent.

She hopes to travel to Antarctica and Australia to cross traveling to every continent off her bucket list. Block dedicated her youth to dance and hopes to find someday an accessible way to reengage in the art. Passionate about animals, she is happiest when snuggling with a friendly dog.

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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 [email protected] for more information.

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Becca Block

Block graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She also works at Temple Beth Ami in Maryland as an accessible educator in the religious school.

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