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Accessibility, Advocacy, Representation: How Philanthropy Can Step Up for the Disability Community

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One in four U.S. adults has some form of disability. Not only are most disabilities non-visible—issues like mental health, chronic illness, dyslexia, and ADHD—but many people choose not to disclose their disability in order to avoid stigma. Given the size of the disability community and its essential contributions to society, why is access still such an afterthought? What factors contribute to discrimination and ableism? And how can philanthropy help?

In this episode of Impact Audio, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder of RespectAbility, addresses these questions (and more).

Listen in to learn about:

  • The true impetus of the disability rights movement
  • How accessibility fosters employee retention
  • Philanthropy’s representational crisis (only 8% of foundation staff includes a person with disabilities)
  • Specific (proven) processes funders can use to improve accessibility
  • Being a grantee and funder dedicated to the disability community
  • How disability intersects with class, race, and gender

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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