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Advocacy Webinars

Empowerment Training for Jewish Women with Disabilities

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan Auditorium (Google Maps)
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St.
New York, NY 10023

Are you a Jewish woman with a disability or an ally to one?  Are you ready to learn new skills to advocate for yourself and others? Are you interested in becoming a more effective leader in the Jewish community or broader NYC community? Do you want to make New York City a better place for yourself, your loved ones and the next generation?

Then join us for this free training as we advance the empowerment of Jewish women with disabilities, bringing the lens of inclusion and equality and tikkun olam / repairing the world to NYC’s Jewish and civic life.

Speakers

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, CEO, The Rabbinical Assembly (Moderator)
Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, Sexpert (Panelist)
Ila Eckhoff, CPA, Managing Director at BlackRock (Panelist)
Amy Rosenfeld, Nursery School Librarian at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (Panelist)
Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader at EY (Speaker)
Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach and Impact, RespectAbility (Interviewer)
Allison Kleinman, Director of the Center for Special Needs + Adaptations, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (Speaker)
Rachel Kunstadt, Mental Health Advocate (Speaker)
Eve Landau, Director of the Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (Speaker)
Joanie Leeds, Singer/Songwriter (Performer)
Vivian Bass, Co-Chair of RespectAbility’s Jewish Inclusion Committee (Speaker)
Shelley Cohen, Co-Chair of RespectAbility’s Jewish Inclusion Committee (Speaker)
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Training for Mothers of Students with Disabilities

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Guttman Community College (Google Maps)
50 West 40th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10018

Are you a mother of a child with a disability? Are you ready to learn new skills to advocate for your child and others? Are you interested in becoming a more effective leader in your community? Do you want to make New York City a better place for yourself, your loved ones and the next generation?

Then join us for this free training as we advance the empowerment of mothers of children with disabilities, bringing the lens of inclusion and equality to NYC’s civic life for this generation and future generations.

Panelists 

Donna Meltzer, CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
Michelle Grier, LMSW, Director Of Social Work at Girls for Gender Equity

Dr. Nelle L Richardson, Self Advocate and CEO of The Will To Win Ministry
Gabrielle Einstein-Sim, Moderator

Joined by:
Ketrina Hazell, Ms. Wheelchair NY 2018
Jordana Mendelson, Associate Professor, NYU and Parent Advocate
Candace Cable, RespectAbility Inclusionist and nine-time Paralympian
Tatiana Lee, RespectAbility Inclusionist, Actress and Model

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Putting the “D” in Diversity: Enabling Foundations, Nonprofits and Partners to Include People with Disabilities

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Guttman Community College (Google Maps)
50 West 40th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10018

Are you a foundation, nonprofit, service provider or other group who serves women and/or girls and who recognizes that you could better serve the 20% of women and girls with a disability? Are you ready to learn new skills to better welcome, respect and advocate for these participants? Do you want your organization to become more accessible physically, digitally, and socio-emotionally? Do you want to learn about intersectional issues? Then join us as we advance the knowledge-base to empower the social sector and service providers of all genders, supporting the service to women and girls with disabilities, and bringing the lens of inclusion and equality to civic life.

Speakers

Judith Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate *Invited
Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility
Candace Cable, 12-time Paralympian and Policy Fellow, RespectAbility
Tatiana Lee, Actress and Communications Fellow, RespectAbility

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Training for Female College Students with Disabilities and Their Allies

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Guttman Community College (Google Maps)
50 West 40th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10018

Are you a female college student with a disability or an ally to one?  Are you ready to learn new skills to advocate for yourself and others? Are you interested in becoming a more effective leader in your community? Do you want to make New York City a better place for yourself, your loved ones and the next generation? Then join us as we advance the empowerment of female college students with disabilities, bringing the lens of inclusion and equality to NYC’s civic life.

Panelists

Rebecca Gross, Self-Advocate
Brilynn Rakes, Student and AT&T Spotlight Performer on Dancing With The Stars
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Training for Latinas with Disabilities and Their Allies

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Guttman Community College (Google Maps)
50 West 40th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10018

Are you a Latina with a disability or an ally to one? Are you ready to learn new skills to advocate for yourself and others? Are you interested in becoming a more effective leader in your community? Do you want to make New York City a better place for yourself, your loved ones and the next generation? Then join us as we advance the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, bringing the lens of inclusion and equality to NYC’s civic life.

Keynote Speaker

Carol Robles-Román, Esq., ERA Coalition & Former NYC Deputy Mayor
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Webinar: “Advancing Inclusion – Careers in Philanthropy for Professionals with Disabilities”

Featuring Special Guests James Emmett, Lead Strategist, Workplace Initiative, Poses Family Foundation and Meg O’Connell, PHR, CEO & Founder, Global Disability Inclusion

 


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Our speakers are two innovators, thought leaders and subject matter experts when it comes to jobs for people with disabilities. Their topic was expanding careers in philanthropy for professionals with disabilities.

Philanthropists have a tremendous opportunity to fight implicit bias and failed systems, as well as to enable millions of people with disabilities to have a better future. However, the professionals working in the field often lack the lived experience necessary to be fully inclusive and empower marginalized people.

This webinar reflected on key practices needed to empower people with disabilities to revolutionize the field of philanthropy.

As a “Nothing About Us, Without Us” organization, RespectAbility is deeply committed to seeing the disability lens added to all philanthropic work. That is why we have created a toolkit with practical resources to help philanthropists, non-profits and non-profit boards to embrace people with disabilities.

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Webinar: How to Write Winning Op-eds on Jobs for People with Disabilities

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This webinar featured RespectAbility Board Member Eleanor Clift and Clarence Page. Clift is a legend in the world of journalism who was a mainstay of the syndicated talk show “The McLaughlin Group” and currently writes about politics and culture for the Daily Beast. Page is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Clift and Page joined us to talk about how to persuasively write about disability issues, how to get your op-ed publish in your local paper and provide other great tips. [continue reading…]

Webinar: Advocating With Your Governor on Jobs for People with Disabilities

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This webinar shared key advocacy lessons about how to write persuasively, how to present public testimony and where to find key resources on jobs for people with disabilities.

Featuring:

Steve Bartlett, Chair of Board of Directors, RespectAbility / Former U.S. Representative and Former Mayor of Dallas, TX
Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility

Webinar: “Spanish Resource Release: Planning for Success: Advocating for Your Child With A Disability.”

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This webinar coincided with the launch of RespectAbility’s Spanish Language Toolkit. During this webinar, the speakers discussed why resources in Spanish are needed urgently for the growing community of Latinx people with disabilities.

Dr. Victor Pineda, a senior advisor to RespectAbility who co-authored the resource, said: “Our goal is to help address the critical need of information, education and jobs for this historically marginalized population: Latinx people with disabilities.” Pineda is also President of World Enabled as well as the Global Alliance for Accessible Technology and Environments. He is a recognized leader in the inclusive urban development and human rights movements. Stephanie Farfan and Paola Vergara Acevedo co-authored this resource guide with Pineda. Farfan is a self-advocate who identifies as a little person and Vergara Acevedo contributed her critical experiences as the mother of a child with a disability.

This project was made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation, with additional support from the New York Women’s Foundation. [continue reading…]

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