Throughout LGBTQ Pride Month (June), the LGBTQ community will be reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. Among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, 30 percent of men and 36 percent of women also identify as having a disability. The disability community intersects with every other minority group, and the LGBTQ community is [click to continue...]
Josh Feldman did not see himself on TV growing up. “As a young kid, I wondered who my deaf gay role models were, so that I could have an idea of what deaf gay adults could do, or what kind of people they were in society,” he told RespectAbility. That Feldman did not see representation [click to continue...]
Justin Chappell identifies as “a gay man with a disability from a multi-racial family.” He was born with spina bifida and is a wheelchair user. Politics has played a major part in his life, including meeting his husband at a Democratic National Convention. In late 2015 and early 2016, Chappell spent months on the campaign [click to continue...]
Jonathan Murray is one of the best allies that the one-in-five people with disabilities has on earth. While Murray does not have a disability himself, he knows what it is like to be stigmatized as someone who is openly gay. He told RespectAbility that he’s “always felt like a bit of an outsider,” continuing: “Growing [click to continue...]
Rockville, Maryland, June 4 – The story of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 is a story of two hilarious comedians who happen to have disabilities finishing in the top 2: Lee Ridley and Robert White. Lee Ridley, Lost Voice Guy After receiving more than two and a half million votes, Lee Ridley, who goes by Lost [click to continue...]
Rockville, Maryland, April 12 – “Nine years ago this week.” For Dana Marlowe and her staff at Accessibility Partners, those five words are cause for celebration. Over the past nine years, Accessibility Partners has advised clients big and small, in the government and in the private sector. The Kennedy Center, the U.S. Department of Labor, [click to continue...]
Clarence Page is a highly accomplished journalist. He is a Pulitzer-winning syndicated columnist for the Tribune network, a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board, a regular contributor to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has appeared on The McLaughlin Group, NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show, ABC’s Nightline and BET’s Lead Story. He is also an African American who identifies as [click to continue...]
Eric Ascher joined RespectAbility because he is passionate about challenging the stigmas that people with disabilities face. A graduate from Goucher College, he has experience with website design, video editing, writing blog posts and research projects.
Dionne Joseph was born with a visible hip condition called Hip Dysplasia and has learning disabilities as well. She managed RespectAbility’s Facebook account and helped with the #PwDsVote Questionnaires.
Cara Liebowitz managed RespectAbility’s Facebook page and contributed to its Twitter account. She holds a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.