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Past Events

COVID-19 Disability Community Gathering: Low-Vision and Blind Individuals

This townhall style gathering for low-vision and blind individuals was co-facilitated by Ollie CantosJanet LaBreck and Baksha Ali.

Our COVID-19 Disability Community Gatherings are an interactive ZOOM series that feature expert self-advocates as facilitators and provide opportunities to establish: 1) community connectivity during isolation; 2) time to learn from one another and share resources; and 3) a pipeline to action-based solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. [continue reading…]

Virtual Passover Seder

Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT

To make Passover accessible to people with disabilities, RespectAbility along with partner organizations is creating a virtual Kehila (Community) specifically geared toward people with intellectual disabilities. This kicked-off with a tailored Passover Seder which was a fun, engaging, and informative time for all involved. The Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Boston graciously donated a Haggadah, written by Rebecca Redner and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, specifically for people who have developmental disabilities. This seder, like all of our online events, had live captioning.

a seder plate with all six traditional items on it. Text: Join Our Virtual Seder!

Webinar: Hope for the Best – Prepare for the Worst: Wills and Special Needs Trusts

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Evan Krame, Rabbi and Lawyer
Michelle Wolf, Founding Executive Director, Jewish Los Angeles Special Trust
Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., President, The Arc and President, Fletcher Tilton, PC

With the COVID-19 crisis, people are writing their wills faster than ever before. However, if you have a loved one with a disability, you need to know how to protect both their access to ongoing disability services and assets. This session gave key information on how special needs trusts can help you avoid having a well-intentioned will cut someone off their life-saving access to healthcare or their housing or job supports. Hear from caring experts who will help you provide for the safety and security of those who you love most! [continue reading…]

Online Convening: Low-Vision / Blind Individuals Invited to Discuss Successful COVID-19 Strategies

Ollie Cantos, Board of Advisors, RespectAbility
Janet LaBreck, Board of Directors, RespectAbility

Baksha Ali, Community Outreach Fellow, RespectAbility
Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach and Impact, RespectAbility

Feeling isolated and looking to gain ideas on how to make it through this time? This webinar, the first in a series, focused on solutions people who are blind or who have low-vision are devising to successfully address related challenges. This virtual convening was facilitated by leaders who are members of the low-vision/blind community: Ollie Cantos and Janet LaBreck. This conversation was in a town hall format, intended as a facilitated open forum for individuals to share ideas about how to tackle issues within a physical, financial, and socio-emotional context. [continue reading…]

NEW POLL DATA: Voters with Disabilities and the 2020 Election

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As the country is gripped with issues surrounding the coronavirus, find out what the community who is the most at risk – people with disabilities – cares about and who they are supporting in the upcoming 2020 election cycle.

Stan Greenberg PhD from the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) and the disability inclusion organization RespectAbility discussed new findings from a recently completed phone poll of 1,000 registered voters in a 16-state Presidential and Senate battleground, conducted by Democracy Corps and Greenberg Research. [continue reading…]

Webinar: COVID-19, Disability & Mental Health

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Moderator: Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy Director, RespectAbility
Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP
Donna Meltzer, CEO, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
German Parodi, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Shaylin Sluzalis, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

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