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Bio – Speakers Bureau

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…]

Leah Romond

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Leah Romond

Leah Romond is an attorney, producer and advocate for full disability inclusion in film and television production. Romond’s recent project, Best Summer Ever, is a feature-length original musical created entirely by an integrated cast and crew of talent with and without disabilities. It was an Official Selection for SXSW 2020, won the SXSW 2020 Final Draft Screen Writers Award, and premiered at SXSW 2021. In addition to her lived experience as someone who experienced a brain injury as an adult, Ms. Romond is also a RespectAbility Senior Production Advisor. Ms. Romond has provided training to studios on full disability inclusion throughout the production process and is available to conduct trainings and consult on scripts. [continue reading…]

Vanni Le

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Vanni Le

Vanni Le is the first-ever Entertainment Outreach Program Manager at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. She focuses on fighting stigmas by ensuring authentic representations of people with disabilities in film and television. Le brings brand strategy and program management experience from both the entertainment and nonprofit fields, having previously worked at the Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, March of Dimes, and most recently A+E Networks. [continue reading…]

Lesley Hennen

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Lesley Hennen

Lesley Hennen is the Entertainment News Media Associate at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. Hennen brings a professional background in Communications and PR, as well as expertise in script consulting and independent film production to the team at RespectAbility, where she works with key players in the Entertainment and News Media industries to promote more authentic representations of people with disabilities on-screen, as well as more inclusive working environments for people with disabilities behind the camera. [continue reading…]

Tatiana Lee

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Tatiana Lee

Tatiana Lee is an actress, international model, and activist. Growing up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Lee felt unseen in popular media. In 2010 Lee moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She learned to harness social media’s power to speak boldly about accessibility and inclusion in mass media due to the lack of access and opportunities for herself and others with disabilities. [continue reading…]

Norma Stanley

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Norma Stanley

Norma F. Stanley is the Founder/CEO of E.E.E. Marketing Group, Inc., where she serves as a speaker and trainer on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for people with disabilities, as well as a public relations consultant. The mother of an adult dependent daughter born with cerebral-palsy, Norma has also been diagnosed with adult onset epilepsy. [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…]

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