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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…]

WEBINAR: Debra Ruh’s Guide on Strategies and Branding Effort on Consumer with Disabilities

Did you know that according to Nielsen Research, consumers with disabilities represent a $1 billion market segment? 

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Ruh joined us to talk in great detail about her transformative new book Inclusion Branding. This new volume provides key insights to enable companies to:

A book cover for Inclusion Branding Book

Inclusion Branding, written by Debra Ruh

  • Create strategies and branding efforts that include people with disability into the workforce and expand your customer base.
  • Share care studies and practical information on driving success through the principles of Profit, People, Purpose, and Planet

Ruh brings years of global experience to this session–she has worked with Fortune 100 companies and nations including Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and China. From her initial multi-million dollar firm, Debra was able to build Ruh Global Communication in 2013. This firm empowers people with disabilities through offering services in Global Diversity Inclusion Strategies, Digital Marketing, and Branding, to name a few. In 2016 Ms. Ruh was invited to address the United Nations General Assembly at the Conference of State Parties 9th session. Debra continues to be a champion for people with disabilities through her work in technology and accessibility in the workplace. In 2018, she was selected by the State Department to represent the United States abroad, on topics related to inclusion and disabilities.

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