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ADA @31: A Focus on the Future – Disabled Directors Leading the Way

By Eric Ascher / 2021-07-23
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Throughout the summer, RespectAbility is hosting a variety of events, “ADA @31: A Focus on the Future.” In this session, we focused on the way disabled individuals, specifically directors, are making a difference in the entertainment industry. Just a handful of directors in the Directors Guild of America identify

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“Leaders of the Future” – Accessible Events: Both In-Person and Online

By Eric Ascher / 2021-07-20
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Although 72 percent of nonprofit organizations say they have a policy of nondiscrimination against people with disabilities, too few take simple steps to make their programming truly accessible. For example, fewer than 60 percent of their events are always held in physically accessible spaces. Fewer than one-third

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“Leaders of the Future” – Effective Disability Advocacy from the Inside

By Eric Ascher / 2021-07-15
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One of the greatest ways that leaders with disabilities and their allies can strengthen the organizations in which they participate is by helping to move them toward greater inclusion. That said, the role of an internal advocate is fundamentally different from that of an external change agent.

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“Leaders of the Future” – Leading at the Next Level: Working in the Jewish World

By Eric Ascher / 2021-07-13
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There are many ways to lead in Jewish organizations, from donating time and talent, to active participation. Some will take the ultimate plunge and choose to work professionally for a Jewish organization. In this session, we focused both on the types of opportunities available, and the ways

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“Leaders of the Future” – Development: Foundations

By Eric Ascher / 2021-07-08
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Foundation funding is at the core of many organizations. There is an art to every part of the process of working with a foundation, from grant proposals to program descriptions, to outcomes and aligning with funder priorities. This panel will feature two leaders from the Jewish foundation

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“Leaders of the Future” – Development: Individual Prospects

By Eric Ascher / 2021-06-29
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Money makes the world go round, but relationships are what truly build lasting connections to donors and support for our organizations. This session will teach you how to build these connections, from finding prospects, to opening dialogue, all the way to closing a gift. This session focused

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“Leaders of the Future” – How Nonprofits Work

By Eric Ascher / 2021-06-24
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Whether serving on a board or helping with programs, getting things done in the nonprofit world is immensely easier if you understand how nonprofits work. This session will give the basics of nonprofit operation, including budget, mission and purpose, the role of the board, staff and volunteers,

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The State of Disability Employee Engagement: Learning from Global Disability Inclusion and Mercer

By Eric Ascher / 2021-06-23
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Best practices in diversity and inclusion have been hot topics in discussion around corporate recruitment, hiring and retention. However, disability inclusion often gets lost in discussions about talent management strategies. Global Disability Inclusion and Mercer have recently published an in-depth report detailing critical insights about the employment

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“Leaders of the Future” – Effective Social Media Posts: A Primer

By Eric Ascher / 2021-06-22
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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms have become not just an important way to get out your message, but the most important way to get out your message. While everyone seems to have social media, a quick scroll through the average social media feed shows

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Celebrating Disabled LGBTQ+ Voices in Media

By Eric Ascher / 2021-06-04
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As we enter National LGBTQ+ Pride Month (June) every year, we are reminded that disability cuts across all other underrepresented groups and communities. According to a recent study from LGBTmap.org, an estimated 3-5 million people in the LGBTQ+ community identify as having a disability, accounting for roughly one third of

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