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Madison Essig

 To celebrate Mother’s Day, RespectAbility Communications Apprentice Madison Essig spoke with Dani Izzie, advocate, activist and mother with a disability. Izzie’s journey to motherhood is the subject of the upcoming documentary film Dani’s Twins. Transcript Madison Essig: Hi, my name is Madison Essig and I am a Communications Apprentice here at RespectAbility. As we [click to continue...]

https://vimeo.com/688872866 To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, we’re sharing this conversation between Born This Way’s Sean McElwee and one of our Communications Apprentices, Madison Essig. Both Essig and McElwee are self-advocates with Down syndrome. Transcript >> Madison Essig: My name is Madison Essig and I am a Communications Apprentice at RespectAbility. I am also a [click to continue...]

Washington, D.C., Feb. 16 – Commercials play a major role in how people with disabilities are portrayed in the mass media. Including disabled people in commercials can remove the stigma and stereotypes that surround people with disabilities. While 26% of adults in the U.S. have a disability, advertising featuring people with disabilities lags is practically absent. As a Nielsen [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, CA, February 15 – RespectAbility Apprentice Roy Payan didn’t set out to spark a national conversation about disability access in higher education. However, when Payan – who is blind – found himself struggling to gain access to adequate and appropriate materials to complete math classes at Los Angeles Community College, he began his [click to continue...]

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