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In Memorial: Justin W. Chappell

1978-2021 Justin W. Chappell, who devoted his life to human and disability rights, was a terrific public speaker and a wonderful friend to everyone who met him. RespectAbility mourns the sudden loss of Justin W. Chappell, an alumnus of our National Leadership Program, who passed away in his sleep. Along with his husband Ben Spangenberg, [click to continue...]

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Disability Vote Partnership (GDVP) is proud to release its nonpartisan voter guide. Most of the partners of GDVP are nonprofit organizations and this voter guide is for educational purposes only, as GDVP does not rate or endorse candidates. The purpose of the guide is to help voters know the positions of the [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, December 10 – It’s a match made in intersectional heaven as The Harnisch Foundation says “we do” support the disability advocacy nonprofit RespectAbility with a new grant. Both organizations work to create equitable and accessible opportunities to advance equity and accessibility in Hollywood. RespectAbility fights stigmas and works to ensure that people with [click to continue...]

The focus is now on Georgia where the competition in two Senate races is fierce. The outcome of these two races will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. It is vital that the lives, livelihoods and learning opportunities for the 1.2 million Georgians with disabilities get the attention they deserve! RespectAbility is working with [click to continue...]

2020 Disability Voter Guide

Voting has begun in the 2020 election, and the disability community has a lot at stake. The nonpartisan disability group RespectAbility has asked Democratic and Republican candidates for President, Governor and the U.S. Senate the same seven key questions about issues affecting people with disabilities. Below you can read responses from candidates who have already [click to continue...]

The Phillips Collection participates in celebration of artists with disabilities to commemorate 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Washington, D.C. — The Phillips Collection is delighted to announce a partnership with RespectAbility for the upcoming #ADA30 Summit 2020. The summit is a free, virtual, week-long celebration in honor of the 30th anniversary of [click to continue...]

“People are hungry,” says RespectAbility Washington, D.C., April 10 — Millions of people with disabilities are unable to get food and medicine during the national pandemic emergency, according to the nonprofit advocacy group RespectAbility. The disability nonprofit organization recommends changes to the Food Stamp program, and urges governments, online retailers, faith and service organizations to [click to continue...]

Washington, D.C., March 17 – As the COVID-19 outbreak turns the world upside down, it is critically important that the global response to this crisis include people with disabilities. More than 9 million Americans are especially at risk from potentially life-threatening impacts of the virus. Moreover, fully 1-in-5 people have a learning, mental health, physical, [click to continue...]

Fellowship Alumna Sneha Dave Creates Network for Teens and Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions Rockville, Maryland, Jan. 15 – Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, was just another obstacle in the road for Sneha Dave. But reaching the summit – more than 16,000 feet above the plateau – was all the more challenging [click to continue...]

Washington, D.C., January 4 – Recently there have been a horrific number of attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions. This anti-semitism comes as there are also attacks against people who are immigrants, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups. RespectAbility’s position: hate has no place in our society. We also [click to continue...]

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