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RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

Each year, our world becomes ever more aware of the critical need for diversifying the voices that we hear on our panels and at our conferences and events. Starting with the laudable goal of including more women, conference planners are growing increasingly aware of the need for voices to also be diverse around race, LGBTQ+, socioeconomic status and so many more. Consistent with our mission here at RespectAbility, we hope that this increased awareness extends to voices of people with disabilities who represent as much as one-in-four of the adult population.

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau will be a great resource to you in providing the talent to meet this goal. We recognize that many people may be seeking speakers with disabilities to teach about disability inclusion, and many of our speakers are in fact trained to train others on this topic. With that said, there are people with disabilities with expertise in every topic, and speakers in our Bureau hold expertise in topics ranging from Art and Entertainment to Entrepreneurship, Education, Finance, Law, Psychology, Religion (of many faiths) and every vocation in between.

In the form below, you can either request one of the Speakers from our roster, or indicate a topic of interest, so that we can best match you with a Speaker to meet your goals. Please know that we have associated talent not publicly listed who may be able to match your interest on subjects not featured here.

Our Bureau is growing, and over the next year we will continue to add divisions. For now we have a Women and Nonbinary Persons Division and a Jewish Division. Further, we recognize the need to increase the number of trained speakers with disabilities. Periodically, we run training programs to train new Speakers. In the near future we will have a training cohort for Jews with disabilities. If you think this might be something in which you would be interested, please email debbief@respectability.org, Project Director for our National Disability Speakers Bureau.

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Jewish Division

 
Aaron Kaufman smiling in front of flowers on a table, holding onto his walking frame

Aaron Kaufman

Jewish Division

Aaron Seglin smiling headshot

Aaron Seglin

Jewish Division

Aaron Wolf headshot

Aaron Wolf

Jewish Division

Abigail Shaw smiling seated on a bench outside

Abigail Shaw

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Adam Fishbein smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Adam Fishbein, MPA

Jewish Division

Alanna Flax-Clark with a horse kissing her face. Flax-Clark is a wheelchair user.

Alanna Flax-Clark

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Alexander Howard smiling headshot

Alex Howard

Jewish Division

Andrea Jennings headshot smiling

Andrea Jennings

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Angela Arena smiling headshot wearing a suit jacket

Angela Arena, CPA, MBA

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Ariella Barker smiling headshot. Barker is a white woman with blonde hair down past her shoulders who uses a wheelchair

Ariella Barker, JD, MPA

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt smiling headshot

Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Baksha Ali smiling holding a white cane

Baksha Ali

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Carly Okyle, MA

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Denise Jacobson smiling headshot

Denise Sherer Jacobson

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Arielle Silverman headshot

Dr. Arielle Silverman

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Dr. Nelle Richardson headshot smiling

Dr. Nelle Richardson

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

RespectAbility Communications Associate Eric Ascher smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Eric Ascher

Jewish Division

Erika Abbott smiling headshot

Erika Abbott

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Jason Lieberman smiling headshot

Jason Lieberman

Jewish Division

Jennifer Fink smiling headshot

Jennifer Fink

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

headshot of Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi smiling and facing the camera grayscale photo

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Jordyn Zimmerman smiling headshot

Jordyn Zimmerman

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Joshua Steinberg headshot wearing a suit and tie

Joshua Steinberg

Jewish Division

Ketrina Hazell seated in her wheelchair, smiling

Ketrina Hazell

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Khadija Bari walking down a street holding a white cane, smiling

Khadija Bari

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Kiah Amara smiling headshot

Kiah Amara

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Lachi smiling headshot seated backwards on a chair.

Lachi

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

headshot of Lauren Appelbaum smiling and wearing a blazer grayscale photo

Lauren Appelbaum

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Lauren Arena smiling wearing glasses and a suit jacket.

Lauren Arena

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Lee Chernotsky headshot

Lee Chernotsky

Jewish Division

Lily Coltoff smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Lily Coltoff

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Lisa Sage smiling headshot

Lisa Sage

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Matan Koch headshot

Matan Koch

Jewish Division

Neil Jacobson sitting at his computer and smiling he has a beard and is wearing glasses grayscale photo

Neil Jacobson

Jewish Division

Pamela Schuller smiling headshot with her hands behind her head

Pamela Schuller

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Rabbi Darby Leigh smiling headshot

Rabbi Darby Leigh

Jewish Division

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman wearing a purple shirt inside a synagogue with the background blurred.

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Rachel Handler smiling headshot

Rachel Handler

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Sasha Ross Becker smiling headshot

Sasha Ross Becker

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Tamar Davis smiling headshot

Tamar Davis

Jewish Division and Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

Yonatan Koch smiling headshot

Yonatan Koch

Jewish Division

Zazel Chavah O'Garra smiling headshot

Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, MSW

Women and Nonbinary Persons Division

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