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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...]

A Conversation with National Disabilities Rights Network’s Curt Decker Rockville, Md., June 30 – “Disability policy – we need to make sure that our policies and good intentions are followed up with good practices and actions,” advised Curt Decker on a bright Wednesday afternoon. Serving as the current Executive Director of the National Disabilities Rights Network [click to continue...]

Advice from World-Renowned Pollster Stan Greenberg Rockville, Md., June 30 – As the Fellows in RespectAbility waited in the conference room for a leading pollster to enter the room, the intimidation increased after being told how important this person is. Stanley B. Greenberg is a world-renowned pollster and New York Times best-selling author. He is [click to continue...]

A Conversation with American Enterprise Institute’s Gerard Robinson Rockville, Md., June 30 – Gerard Robinson, a resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute (AEI), visited Respectability to share with Fellows and staff about his experience and interests in education, policy and politics. Robinson discussed what skills he has found helpful throughout his career and his commitment [click to continue...]

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