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#ADA30 Summit 2020

RespectAbility Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

You are invited to join RespectAbility for five fantastic sessions that prepare people with disabilities and the disability community for a better future.

Over the course of five days – Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 – we will host daily two-hour webinars (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT). These webinars will be free and fully accessible, with an ASL interpreter and live captions. [continue reading…]

#ADA30 Summit: Ensuring Inclusive Communities

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT


PART 1: Inclusive Philanthropy

The social sector (philanthropy, nonprofits and public agencies) is a leader in the movement for diversity, equity and inclusion in society. However, only recently has philanthropy identified the need to include people with disabilities in that effort. Learn with top experts who are moving this process forward. [continue reading…]

#ADA30 Summit: Fighting Stigmas with Hollywood

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT


PART 1: Respecting The Ability: Ensuring Authentic Representation in Entertainment Industry

With one-in-five people having a disability in the U.S. today, the lack of representation – just 3.1 percent on screen and even less in children’s television (less than one percent) – means that millions of people are unable to see themselves in media today. RespectAbility has been honored to play a part in changing this, including consulting on an array of films and TV shows for a variety of studios and networks. But change must be directed from the top. How are network and studio executives working within their organizations to encourage more disability representation whether in front of the camera or behind it? What are promising practices in diversity and inclusion and how are they helping to move things in a positive direction? [continue reading…]

#ADA30 Summit: Leadership: Making A Difference for the Future

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT


On this day we will explore the future of the ADA from the perspectives of our leaders and policymakers. We will hear from political leaders about their vision for the future, as they lead us there today, and from public servants as they talk about their brand of leadership, how they shape the policies that affect our present and future, and how engaged citizens, in a dialogue of civic engagement, or an integral piece of that process. Learn with panelists who are experts on these topics in California, and then from panelists from “sea to shining sea.” [continue reading…]

Shabbat Dinner with Neil and Denise Jacobson

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. MT / 6:30 p.m. PT


Enjoy a warm communal Shabbat experience via Zoom with Neil and Denise Jacobson. These pioneers of the disability rights movement also were among the first voices in Jewish Inclusion, and we at RespectAbility are privileged to have Neil on our board. They welcome an open discussion on their 50 years of disability rights leadership, including the part of their journey chronicled in the recent masterpiece documentary Crip Camp, now available on Netflix, which we encourage everyone to watch for an introduction to the Jacobsons and to the disability rights movement.

Zoom is screen reader accessible. Live captions will be provided and an ASL interpreter is available by request.

L-R: Neil Jacobson, David Jacobson and Denise Jacobson smiling together. David has his arms around Neil and Denise. Text: Shabbat with Neil and Denise Jacobson

Training: “How to Ensure Accessible Events: Both Live and Virtual Across All Platforms”

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT

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Making your event accessible is easier than you think. This session will give you a simple accessibility checklist, as well as the processes and confidence that you need to make all of your events accessible, both virtual, and in person!

Panelists Include

  • Dori Kirshner – Matan
  • Rebecca Wanatick – Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
  • Lauren Appelbaum – RespectAbility Vice President, Communications
  • Yitzhak Perlman* – World Famous Violinist

* – Invited

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Training: “How to Ensure a Welcoming Lexicon, Accessible Websites and Social Media and Inclusive Photos”

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT

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Today’s website is the front lobby of an organization, and social media is fast supplanting the more traditional ways that our organizations connect with the public. We can’t help you decorate your lobby, but we can make sure that it is warm and welcoming for Jews of all kinds, including Jews with disabilities. Come learn from our dynamic and expert team everything you need to know to open your digital door to all!

Panelists Include

  • Tatiana Lee – Hollywood Inclusion Associate at RespectAbility
  • Sharon Rosenblatt – Accessibility Partners
  • River McMican – Keshet: For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life

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Training: “How to Create and Implement Successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives”

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT

RSVP To Join On Zoom:

Join us as we share how to take your deep commitment to DEI and make it a reality. Learn from some truly successful leaders as they share the secret of their DEI success.

Panelists Include

  • Dorsey Massey – JCC Manhattan
  • Linda Burger – RespectAbility Board of Directors Treasurer and Jewish Family Services Houston

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