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Learning from the Office of Personnel Management’s Michael Murray Rockville, Md., Aug. 2 – “My father was a great father not in spite of his disability but in part because of his disability.” Michael Murray’s involvement in the disability community stems from his personal and unforgettable childhood experiences. After sharing a touching story about his [click to continue...]

Advice from Jewish Family Service’s Linda Burger Rockville, Md., July 26 – Channeling her humble demeanor and the Jewish values she was raised with, Linda Burger has grown to be a leading ambassador for disability in the Jewish community of Houston, Texas. Burger believes in the Jewish thought that all people are created B’tzelem Elohim [click to continue...]

Advice from Bipartisan Policy Center’s Calvin Harris Rockville, Md., July 25 – As a native from St. Louis, Missouri, Calvin Harris is no stranger to disability advocacy. Harris’ mother worked in the neuromuscular lab at the Washington University School of Medicine, which created a path for Harris’ passions for disability advocacy. Harris volunteered with disability [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...]

Conversation with Dana Marlowe of Accessibility Partners Rockville, Md., July 21 – “Accessibility is the nexus of where people with disabilities interface with technology,” said Dana Marlowe, an architect of inclusion and accessibility. She spoke with the RespectAbility Fellows on July 5, 2017 on the importance of including people with disabilities in technology’s use and [click to continue...]

Advice from AUCD’s Andrew Imparato Rockville, Md., July 3 – Considering himself a second-generation disability activist, Andrew Imparato took RespectAbility Fellows on a journey of disability civil rights history last month. He demonstrated how he has dedicated his career to defending and implementing these rights. Throughout his talk, Imparato focused on the importance of integrating [click to continue...]

Randall Duchesneau Provides Imperative Information and Advice for Disability Advocates Rockville, Md., July 1 – With a great smile and warm-hearted tone of voice, Randall “Randy” Duchesneau was quick to capture the attention of RespectAbility Fellows last month. His empathetic persona, brilliance and prominent leadership skills truly reflected on his work as a disability activist. [click to continue...]

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