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New Opportunities for 1-in-5 Living with Disabilities Washington, D.C., Dec. 7 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, recognizes the work of several foundations who are making inclusion and equality of people with disabilities a priority. The Ford Foundation continues to take major steps to include disability in [click to continue...]

A Conversation on Building a Board with Debbie Ratner Salzberg Rockville, Md., Sept. 18 – Debbie Ratner Salzberg has a sincerity that shines, and she starts the conversation by encouraging the RespectAbility Fellows to ask questions and participate in the discussion. She adds color to the conversation and engages us with her experiences in development [click to continue...]

Learning from The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Patrick McCarthy Rockville, Md., Sept. 13 – Do you remember playing with a kaleidoscope when you were a child? Or even recently? How about the excitement as the image changes and you gain a new perspective? Patrick McCarthy, the CEO and President of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, [click to continue...]

JPMorgan’s Chase & Co., Corporate Responsibility Manager, Rodney E. Hood, talks about his efforts that are advancing successful disability inclusion. Rockville, Md., Sept. 6 – You may be familiar with the phrase, “nothing about us, without us,” a powerful message that symbolizes the disability rights movement and stance on disability inclusion. However, more than two [click to continue...]

Learning from Meyer Foundation Program Officer Julian A. Haynes Rockville, Md., Sept. 6 – How is it that income for Wisconsin’s wealthiest one percent grew by 120 percent between 1979 and 2013, while the income for the remaining 99 percent grew by just 4 percent? Why is it that 12.8 percent, twice the national average [click to continue...]

A Conversation with the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation’s Kevin Webb Rockville, Md., Aug. 21 – Armed with a long history in nonprofit work, Kevin Webb gave a group of RespectAbility National Leadership Fellows key information about the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF). Not only is he donating his time to speak to and empower a [click to continue...]

A Conversation with the Council on Foundation’s Floyd Mills Rockville, Md., Aug. 2 – Growing up, Floyd Mills, the vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Council on Foundations, pictured his dream job in any field but diversity. Yet, Mills has been promoting workplace diversity and inclusion for the past two decades. Everyone’s [click to continue...]

Learning from The Gates Foundation’s Pras Ranaweera Rockville, Md., July 21 – “People love to talk about themselves, but it is more important to listen,” Pras Ranaweera expressed to a room full of energized RespectAbility Fellows. Ranaweera practiced her sage advice by using the majority of time to hear personal stories and suggestions from the [click to continue...]

Funding will Expand Inclusion of Jews with Disabilities, Fight Stigmas and Advance Opportunities Rockville, Md., June 14 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, is very grateful to announce that it has been chosen for a Breaking Barriers Award from The Genesis Prize Foundation and Jewish Funders Network [click to continue...]

A Conversation with Ami Aronson of The Bernstein Family Foundation Rockville, Md., June 8 – As her husband often says, Ami Aronson never thinks outside of the box; she never even knew the box existed. En route to her current position as the Executive Director for the Bernstein Family Foundation (BFF), Aronson embarked on a [click to continue...]

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