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Long Beach, California

Join us for a ground-breaking and inclusive journey toward better education, training and economic successes as a community works together to enable youth with disabilities to have a better future. Together, we will learn technical and programmatic insights to solve problems at scale.

Today there are more than 46,000 people with disabilities in Long Beach, California but fewer than 8,000 have jobs. There are other areas around the country where more than twice as many people with disabilities per capita are in the workforce – so we know success is possible. However, the question is: what can people in Long Beach do to achieve that success?

Long Beach is a beautiful city with a vibrant downtown, growing economic opportunities and a charismatic young Mayor who is deeply committed to serving his diverse city. There also are dedicated community leaders who are eager to improve outcomes for their friends, neighbors and family members with disabilities. RespectAbility will serve those local leaders by creating an innovative Community of Practice. Working together to create a national model of success, we will advance opportunities for the people and community of Long Beach, California.

Want to get involved? Contact our Director of Policy Philip Kahn-Pauli at for more information. LEARN MORE

Hollywood, California

RespectAbility is working on changing the narrative in Hollywood to ensure accurate and positive cultural media portrayals of people with disabilities. RespectAbility currently is working with several partners within the entertainment industry on the full inclusion of people with disabilities, both in front and behind the camera, and we are looking for more partners to help move the needle on two core issues: inclusion and diversity in Hollywood and the employment of people with disabilities.

In February 2017, we held a webinar with several partners as part of the process of creating a Community of Practice to work on the closely connected issues of disability, diversity, inclusion, poverty and media. We followed that with in-person meetings in the Los Angeles area. Throughout the day, we hosted meetings of leaders in philanthropy, workforce development and entertainment industry who care about diversity, inclusion and employment in Hollywood for people with disabilities. There is great potential to gather committed stakeholders to form a Community of Practice on these issues.

As RespectAbility continues this work, the Community of Practice will expand so more people with disabilities are seen for the dignity and abilities that they have – and can contribute to their own independence and the community at large. Want to get involved? Contact our Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum at for more information. LEARN MORE


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