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Training: “How to Create and Implement Successful Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives”

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We shared how to take your deep commitment to Diversity and Inclusion and make it a reality. Learn from some truly successful leaders as they share the secret of their Diversity and Inclusion success, exploring the successful disability initiatives of which they’ve been apart, and looking at their intersection with other initiatives in the diversity space, including LGBTQ+ and beyond.

Panelists Include

  • Dorsey Massey, LMSW – JCC Manhattan
  • Linda Burger, MSSW – RespectAbility Board of Directors Treasurer and Jewish Family Services Houston
  • Sally Weber, LCSW – Program Consultant

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#ADA30 Summit 2020

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

Over the course of five days – Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 – we hosted daily webinars that were free and fully accessible, with an ASL interpreter and live captions. This program was made possible with support by Comcast NBCUniversal, Murray/Reese Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company.

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

At its core we recognize that the work of the next 10 years for the ADA will be a series of partnerships. In the earlier days we have explored the partnership between educators, parents and students, the partnership between employers and employees, the partnership between philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, and the partnership of those who create, produce and market the material through which we see the world. Today, we will look at the partnership inherent in different types of leadership: in our democracy, between the governing and the governed.
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#ADA30 Summit: Fighting Stigmas with Hollywood

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 embraced from the top and have buy-in at every level. How are network and studio executives, showrunners and writers 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: Ensuring Inclusive Communities

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…]

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

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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. 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 Ensure Accessible Events: Both Live and Virtual Across All Platforms”

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Making your event accessible is easier than you think. This session gave 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

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Shabbat Dinner with Neil and Denise Jacobson

Participants enjoyed 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 welcomed 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.

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
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