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Learning from The Jewish Federations of North America’s William Daroff Rockville, Md., Aug. 21 – “We need people on both sides of the aisle to champion disability issues,” William Daroff told RespectAbility Fellows last month. Daroff is a senior vice president for public policy and director of The Jewish Federations of North America. He works [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 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...]

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