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Bio – Speakers Bureau Jewish

Michael Gilberg

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

  • Disability Status: Autism
  • Marginalized Identities: Jewish
  • Occupation: Special Education Attorney
  • Topics:
    • Special Education Law
    • Social/Emotional Learning
    • Autism
    • Non-visible Disabilities
    • Attorneys with Disabilities
    • Political and Policy Advocacy

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Charlie Kramer

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

  • Disability Status: Legally Blind (Retinitis Pigmentosa – RP)
  • Marginalized Identities: Jewish
  • Occupation: Speaker, Coach, Musical Artist
  • Topics:
    • Disability & Inclusion: Through his personal story, Charlie shares the importance of
      inclusion and breaks down barriers and stigmas surrounding the disability community.
    • Radical Self-Acceptance: Through the lens of his own journey, Charlie teaches the step-by-step process of radical self-acceptance, and how to build a foundation for the life of your dreams. It all begins with accepting who you are at your core.
    • Singing in the Dark: The blindfolded singing and healing experience: Charlie guides
      participants into a world without their eyes, and shows them the beauty that can only be
      seen within you, and not around you.

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Shlomo Meyers

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

  • Disability Status: Down Syndrome
  • Marginalized Identity: Jewish
  • Occupation: School/Classroom Assistant
  • Topics:
    • Friendship
    • Shabbos and the Community
    • The Importance of Home
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Shlomo Meyers

Shlomo Meyers was born in Manhasset, New York on December 6, 1985 with Down Syndrome. He is the middle child in a family of seven children.  Meyers currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Danielle.

Meyers moved to Illinois when he was eight years old, where he would go on to graduate from Ida Crown Jewish Academy and spend part of the following year in a job training/skills building program through Keshet, a program providing services for individuals with disabilities. [continue reading…]

Emily Borses

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

  • Disability Status: Anxiety Disorder
  • Marginalized Identity: Lesbian
  • Occupation: full time student, aspiring filmmaker
  • Topics:
    • Mental Health (how trauma impacted my life, the physical/emotional symptoms I experience during an anxiety/panic attack, how I keep myself grounded)
    • Sexuality (my coming out experience, how that has impacted my mental health, and how that experience shaped me into the person I am today)
    • Religion (my struggles with identifying as being a Jewish woman; how that has contributed to my anxiety disorder)
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Emily Borses

Emily Borses is 21 years old and lives in Los Angeles, California. For as long as she can remember, she has lived with anxiety, but wasn’t officially diagnosed until her junior year of high school. As a child she often felt like she had no voice and no way to express herself. She floated from person to person and group to group never really feeling like she fit in anywhere. [continue reading…]

Joseph “JB” Bensmihen

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen

With over two decades of experience across administrations and state lines, as well as being fluently multi-lingual in Spanish, French and English, Joseph “JB” Bensmihen has been a successful advocate for every cause he has championed. JB has brought his distinct process of goal-setting to all of the teams he has led, clarifying specific objectives within the long-term team vision. [continue reading…]

Justin Borses

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Justin Borses

Justin Borses is a Broadcaster and Journalist for Moorpark College with experience in sports and writing for the Moorpark Reporter. He has covered football and basketball for the school. One of the most influential parts of his life, however, has to do with his disability identity. He was born with Cerebral Palsy on February 19th, 2000.

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Barry Shore

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Barry Shore

The Ambassador of JOY, Barry Shore, is a change maker and life transformer whose profound message of JOY is being embraced globally. A successful serial entrepreneur with two multi-million dollar exits and 3 issued patents, Barry acquired a disability that left him completely paralyzed overnight. Barry’s decision to use this experience to better his life and the lives of others has opened a unique opportunity to find JOY in living regardless of circumstance. [continue reading…]

Michael Jordan Segal

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Michael Jordan Segal

In 1981, Michael Jordan Segal (son of Rabbi Jack Segal, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston Texas) was a pre-med student at the University of Texas at Austin when his career trajectory was abruptly altered one night, after unexpectedly finding himself in the midst of an armed robbery.

The injuries that Segal sustained during the robbery left him with minimal physical dexterity on the right side of his body. Segal eventually went on to graduate with the highest honors from undergraduate school at UT. He continued on to graduate school, earned his Masters of Social Work (MSW), was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and the National Leadership Honors Society, and also was featured in Newsweek Magazine.

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David Sharif

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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David Sharif

David Sharif is a global autism advocate and motivational speaker. Born in Los Angeles, he graduated valedictorian from Village Glen West, a multi-disciplinary school administered by The Help Group, and became their first student to attend a four-year university out of state. In New York City, David spent most of his college lifetraveling abroad carrying his learning differences to new educational environments. He was a member of the award-winning Model United Nationsteam participating in global negotiations, delivering impromptu speeches. In his senior year, he received a research grant to conduct a study titled, “The Challenges and Successes of Post-Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” which he presented at several conferences. He was awarded the Indelible Mark Student Award for leaving a legacy of outstanding contributions that significantly and positively influenced the Pace student community. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace & Justice Studies, David Sharif is an alum of Pace’s Oasis program, a comprehensive support setting for students with learning differences. He serves the world of neurodiversity as a job coach, community moderator, and author. [continue reading…]

Susan Sygall

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Susan Sygall

As CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA, Susan Sygall is an internationally recognized expert in the area of international educational exchange, international development, and leadership programs for persons with disabilities, and especially women with disabilities. Susan, a wheelchair rider, has had a personal and professional commitment to disability rights and women’s issues for more than 30 years. She has co-authored numerous publications and has lectured throughout the world on a variety of topics related to inclusive development, international exchange opportunities for persons with disabilities, women’s empowerment, and disability rights. [continue reading…]

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