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This document exists because of RespectAbility’s professional team: Nasreen Alkhateeb, Franklin Anderson, Lauren Appelbaum, Eric Ascher, Debbie Fink, Lauren Gilbert, Philip Kahn-Pauli, Matan Koch, Tatiana Lee, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Leah Romond, Ben Spangenberg and Joshua Steinberg.

We also want to thank RespectAbility’s dynamic board members including: Vivian Bass, Linda Burger, Ollie Cantos, Stephen Chbosky, Eleanor Clift, Shelley Cohen, Judith Creed, Heidi Daroff, Sneha Dave, Randy Duchesneau, Ila Eckhoff, Andrew Egan, Gabrielle Einstein-Sim, Rick Guidotti, Calvin Harris, Neil Jacobson, Janie Jeffers, Evelyn Kelley, Janet LaBreck, Donna Meltzer, Jonathan Murray, Richard Phillips, Vincenzo Piscopo, Gerard Robinson, Jim Sinocchi and Delbert Whetter.

We also want to thank RespectAbility’s chair, Steve Bartlett, a co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law 30 years ago. This law gave people with disabilities civil rights and opened new pathways toward independence. This guide builds on that success as well as on the understanding of others that people with disabilities have a right to work – and have talents to contribute – just like anyone else.

Our deepest thanks also go to the staff and leadership at the Los Angeles City Department on Disability, including Stephen David Simon and Jaime H. Pacheco-Orozco, as well as UNITE-LA, including David Rattray, Amy Cortina and their team. These are true partners in creating skills and jobs for people with disabilities in Los Angeles.

We also want to express our deep gratitude to the organizations listed below, who are truly inspirational leaders in philanthropy and who provided support for our work. Their ideas and energy have moved the discussion forward significantly. Their inclusion below does not constitute nor does it represent an endorsement of our recommendations. We wish to thank those who financially supported our work including:

Bank of America; the Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation; the California Workforce Development Board; the California Wellness Foundation; the Johnny Carson Foundation; the Coca-Cola Foundation; Comcast NBCUniversal; Diane & Guilford Glazer Philanthropies; the Jewish Community Foundation of L.A; JP Morgan Chase; the Murray-Reese Foundation; the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation; the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust; Sony Pictures Entertainment; ViacomCBS; the Walt Disney Company; the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; and the Weingart Foundation.

Without their support, this document would not have been possible. We also want to thank these organizations for their commitment to a better future for people with disabilities.

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