I am excited to introduce Graciano Petersen, RespectAbility’s new Senior Director for Training, Culture, and Leadership Development and my new boss! Graciano has over 13 years of adult education experience and is passionate about interweaving his background in education and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). Graciano’s experience in developing and educating leaders ideally positions [click to continue...]
Read the transcript Download the PowerPoint Attendees heard from some of our Jewish rising stars in the Disability Training & Speakers Bureau and got their free copy of RespectAbility’s new Jewish Disability Inclusion Toolkit. Erika Abbott kicked things off with a poem that beautifully conveys the message and theme of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion [click to continue...]
Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is in full swing, and we have been partnering on some very exciting events. Keep reading for more information on three of them! Members of our Disability Training & Speaker’s Bureau, Erika Abbott and Aaron Wolf, chatted with Rabbi Erez Sherman of Sinai Temple about steps that [click to continue...]
Join Sinai Temple and RespectAbility for a conversation about Jewish disability inclusion! Hear from filmmaker and actor Aaron Wolf and poet Erika Abbott about their experiences as Jews with disabilities. Following their reflections, there was a Q&A session led by Rabbi Erez Sherman from Sinai Temple.
RespectAbility’s Chanukkah celebration this year was one to remember. We had a wonderful celebration for community building, Chanukkah lessons, values, and celebrating some of the awesome speakers in RespectAbility’s Disability Training & Speakers Bureau. RespectAbility held candle lighting events during seven of the nights of Chanukkah. Given the virtual nature of the events, we did [click to continue...]
Hi! It’s been a while since I have had the opportunity to write an article, but I know you’ve been seeing my name and email address a lot as we talk about opportunities to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) with events featuring RespectAbility’s Disability Training & Speakers Bureau (DTSB). Recently, we have [click to continue...]
RespectAbility’s Disability Training and Speakers Bureau is a key tool in preparing your organization to create access for everyone whom you want to bring into your tent. As you begin to plan for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), book one of our dynamite speakers to help your community be welcoming and inclusive of [click to continue...]
In 2010, I began my journey at Camp Bauercrest. I had been visiting camp for a long time, as my brother and father were both proud alumni. My attendance at camp was always destined to be. However, as a person with a physical disability causing low muscle tone, it was far from clear that I [click to continue...]
Jake Stimell graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He previously worked in disability advocacy at the Invisible Disabilities Association.