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black and white headshot of Maya Angelou wearing hoop earings Ariella Barker in front of a tree and bushes. Ariella is a wheelchair user Simone Biles holding her gold medal at the Olympics Selma Blair in front of a white background
Maya Angelou
Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist Who Had Disability, Inspires Generations
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Ariella Barker
This Women’s History Month, I Remember the #MeToo Survivors with Disabilities
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Simone Biles
Olympic & Disability Champion Makes History While Mesmerizing Many
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Selma Blair
Positive Role Model for Success for Individuals with Acquired Disabilities
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Barbara Corcoran pointing toward the camera wearing a blue top and silver necklace Lois Curtis smiling Haben Girma wearing a blue dress and pearls Lori Golden smiling sitting on a leather chair
Barbara Corcoran
Shark Tank Entrepreneur and Business Owner Proves Dyslexics Can Be Successful
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Lois Curtis
Woman with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities Fights for Freedom For All
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Haben Girma
Deafblind Civil Rights Lawyer Advocates for Disability Rights in Media
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Lori Golden
Self-Advocate and Trailblazer in Disability Inclusion in the Workplace
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Selena Gomez wearing a white blouse with a cherry print posing for the camera with a yellow background Salma Hayek wearing a blue top with her hand under her chin smiling for the camera Frida Kahlo black and white headshot Cami Howe smiling, leaning back in her wheelchair
Selena Gomez
Prioritizing Health, Serving as Role Model for Young Women with Disabilities
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Salma Hayek
Sharing Story of Dyslexia, Serving as Role Model for Latina Woman with Disabilities
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Frida Kahlo
Through Art, Role Model for Artists, People with Disabilities and Bisexual Women
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Cami Howe
Strong Independent Woman Who Doesn’t Need A Knight in Shining Armor
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Emily Kranking smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner Janet LaBreck smiling in front of an American flag Tatiana Lee in a wheelchair wearing a pink jacket smiling Cristina Sanz wearing a blue top
Emily Kranking
A Cute But Determined Girl with Cerebral Palsy: Believe It! #DisabledandCute
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Janet LaBreck
Successful Pioneer of Change and Role Model for African American Women with Disabilities
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Tatiana Lee
Changing Media Perceptions of Disability, one Modeling Job at a Time
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Cristina Sanz
First Hispanic with a Disability to Win an Emmy Award, Shatters Stigmas
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A portrait of Harriet Tubman Donna Walton wearing hear in a bun and pearl necklace and earrings Headshot of Kaity in professional dress in front of the Respectability banner
Harriet Tubman
Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist with Epilepsy and TBI, Inspires Generations
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Donna Walton
Creates Nationwide Movement of Representation with Divas With Disabilities
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At the Intersection of Deafness, Queerness and Being an Asian-American Woman
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Women’s Disability Leadership, Inclusion & Advocacy Series

Thanks to the generous support of the New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) and the Coca-Cola Foundation, RespectAbility launched the Women’s Disability Leadership, Inclusion & Advocacy Series for women and girls with disabilities and their allies.

This new effort raises the voices, lives and experiences of women and girls with disabilities and empowers them to have a better future through six training sessions.  Attend in-person in New York City, or attend via webinar – however you attend, these trainings are FREE!

Participants will:

  • learn, share, network, take action and gather valuable resources; and
  • leave with a refreshed sense of sisterhood, empowerment and community.

Training for Latinas with Disabilities and Their Allies

Carol Robles-Román sitting at a table holding an iPad, smiling looking to her leftDate: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Accessible Location: Guttman Community College
50 West 40th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10018
Keynote Speaker: Carol Robles-Román, Esq., ERA Coalition & Former NYC Deputy Mayor
Can’t attend in-person? RSVP for the webinar:
Webinar Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT

Apply to attend in-person!


Information for the Press

If you are a member of the press and you want to attend one of the training sessions in-person, email Debbie Fink at Use the subject line RespectAbility New York Training Press. Please note that while the keynote presentations will be open to the press, the discussions that follow will not be out of respect for the privacy of our attendees.


If you have any questions, contact Debbie Fink at

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