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Webinar: “Improving Education and Careers for Youth with Disabilities – Lessons from Maryland”

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Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. MT / 9:30 a.m. PT
Duration: 1 hour


Jade Gingerich, Director of Employment Policy, Maryland Department of Disabilities 

Since being founded in 2013, RespectAbility has been dedicated to analyzing and tracking best practices for improving educational and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities nation-wide. One of the most exciting efforts to improve those outcomes has been the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The PROMISE grant has achieved remarkable results in the lives of diverse, low-income children with disabilities receiving SSI and their families. 

Please join us on Wednesday, July 10th for a dynamic discussion with one of the key state leaders responsible for the various successes and lessons from the PROMISE Grant program. Jade Gingerich, the Director of Employment Policy at the Maryland Department of Disabilities, is a key leader who has many lessons to offer professionals committed to improving the lives of Americans with disabilities. We look forward to hosting you for the fun and informative webinar! [continue reading…]

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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.

That process must begin with getting more professionals with disabilities working in philanthropy. [continue reading…]

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…]

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