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Max Spain, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Spring 2016

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Max Spain

Max Spain was a Policy Fellow with RespectAbility, where he was part of a team creating responses to all 50 states on their individual WIOA plans. In addition, he spent a week on Capitol Hill reaching out to Hill staff on the importance of implementing WIOA properly.

Before joining RespectAbility, Spain interned at a law office where he focused on the rights of the elderly. He is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in government at Cornell University. Spain is passionate about making a difference and hopes to do so in the future as a lawyer.

Spain also served as a Fellow during the Summer 2016 Cohort.

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Ryan Nobile, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Spring 2015

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Ryan Nobile

Ryan Nobile was a Policy Fellow with RespectAbility during Spring 2015. He returned to RespectAbility during January 2016 as a presidential campaign reporter. For two weeks, he attended town hall meetings, rallies and intimate meetings all across Iowa, meeting with nearly every presidential candidate from both parties. He interviewed the candidates on their policies that would impact people with disabilities’ everyday lives. In addition, he advocated for campaigns to release written plans for people with disabilities. His reporting from the trail can be found on The RespectAbility Report.

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Thomas Coombs, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Fall/Winter 2015

Thomas Coombs was a Public Policy and Practices Fellow with RespectAbility during fall 2015. He worked to ensure policies such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) are effectively used to empower people with disabilities. He also is a Second Lieutenant in the Virginia National Guard, where he serves as a platoon leader in the 189th Engineering (MRBC) Company. Coombs holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Florida. He plans on attending law school in the fall of 2016.

Amanda Martin, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program Fall/Winter 2015

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Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin was a Communications Fellow with RespectAbility during fall 2015. She assisted with video transcription and ensured that all of RespectAbility’s videos uploaded to YouTube had proper captions.

Previously Martin was working as an ASL interpreter, working in medical, employment and community settings in the state of Virginia. After leaving RespectAbility, Martin worked as an educational ASL interpreter for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gallaudet University.

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Laura Stall, Communication and Inclusion Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2015

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Laura Stall

Laura Stall was a Communications and Jewish Inclusion Fellow with RespectAbility during the summer of 2015. She assisted with a variety of Jewish inclusion projects and covered the 2016 presidential candidates’ policies and proposals for employment opportunities for people with disabilities. For several summers, Stall worked as a camp counselor to support and include campers with disabilities at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at University of Akron Honors College, where she writes weekly opinion pieces for the University of Akron Buchtelite.

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Matthew Ross, Nonprofit Management Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2015

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Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross was a Nonprofit Management Fellow with RespectAbility during the summer of 2015. He researched information for potential grants and edited proposals. He developed content and edited captions for RespectAbility’s Global Giving page for the September Open Challenge.

In addition, Ross researched and developed content for a press release about the leading states in terms of percent of individuals with disabilities who are employed and developed content for a disability resource toolkit for various synagogues to use in accommodating and including individuals with disabilities in High Holiday services. Ross also leafleted on Capitol Hill, furnishing materials to staff of numerous Representatives about the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and encouraging them to make statements about this milestone.

Ross has a master’s degree in language and communications from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from UNC Chapel Hill. After his fellowship with RespectAbility, Ross began working as a proposal specialist for Intelligent Decisions.

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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.

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Boming Xie, Fellow

National Leadership Program 2013-2014

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Boming Xie

Boming Xie is a first-year Master of Public Policy student in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She received her undergraduate degree in International Finance with First-Class Honors from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. In China, Xie conducted a project sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China to research the private capital of Nanchang, Jiangxi. Currently, her research interest focuses on the development of nonprofits in developing countries and the Sino-U.S. relationship and economic policy in developing countries.

She has worked for Liren Library, a nonprofit organization based in China. Her responsibilities at RespectAbility included working to change the perceptions of people with disabilities in the media and in Hollywood.

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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.

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Marisa Rafsky, Inclusion Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2015

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Marisa Rafsky

Marisa Rafsky was a Jewish Inclusion Fellow with RespectAbility during the summer of 2015. Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and adopted as an infant, she immigrated to the United States where she spent the majority of her life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rafsky is profoundly deaf but prefers to use speech and read lips.

In 2012, she received an International Baccalaureate Diploma upon graduating high school. In 2013 Rafsky was selected as a Youth in International Development & Foreign Affairs intern by the U.S. International Council on Disabilities. Aside from disability advocacy, her current interests include law, politics and public policy.

Rafsky currently is studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College where she worked as a college career peer, conducting resume reviews and mock interviews and advising students on how to search for employment and fellowships. During school, she participated in the relationship-building institute at the David Project. She is fluent in English and American Sign Language and also has studied Israeli Sign Language.

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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.

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Dahlia Joseph, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2015

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Dahlia Joseph

Dahlia Joseph was a Communications Fellow with RespectAbility during the summer of 2015, where she worked on outreach to presidential candidates on the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities. Joseph spent months on the trail engaging presidential candidates in the early primary states during December 2015 and January 2016. Her reporting and videos from the trail can be found on The RespectAbility Report. In addition, Joseph created graphics for use on social media and assisted with the daily maintenance of our social media accounts. She ensured all YouTube videos have captions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Previously, Joseph worked for several start-ups and now is excited to learn the inner-workings of a nonprofit organization. She currently is studying for a Master’s in Strategic Communications at American University. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications from Mount St. Mary’s University. Joseph is fluent in Haitian Creole and also speaks French and conversational Spanish.

Joseph also served as a Fellow during the Winter 2015-2016 Cohort.

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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.

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Aaron Richmond, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Spring 2015

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Aaron Richmond

Aaron Richmond was a Policy Fellow with RespectAbility during Spring 2015. Richmond, who is blind, published a piece in e-Jewish Philanthropy about the importance of schools who want to do e-Jewish learning having accessible websites with screen reading software.

Richmond has a history of using technology to help other people with vision disabilities. He spent previous summers teaching technology to blind teenagers at a camp in Maryland and teaching speech software for the blind in St. Lucia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Goucher College. An avid traveler, Richmond spent a semester abroad at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. After college, he spent a month in France studying French and appreciating a new culture.

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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.

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