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Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Neurodiversity in Science and Medicine

By Eric Ascher / 2022-05-12
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Throughout the year, Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s office of diversity and inclusion hosts events aimed at expanding a vision of what it means to be a diverse community that is inclusive of all. This event was created in partnership with Einstein’s chapter of the American Academy of Developmental

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Representation of Disabilities in the Hebrew Bible

By Eric Ascher / 2022-05-03
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Attendees heard from CUNY Hunter College student Ariel Gold about how disabilities are represented in the Hebrew Bible. Following her short presentation, Ariel moderated a panel of four Jews with disabilities — Noa Etedgi, Peter Fox, Haley Moss and Lee Chernotsky — who shared their experiences and offered insights

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From Compliance to Programmatic Accessibility: Best Practices for American Job Centers

By Eric Ascher / 2022-04-20
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In the 8 years since the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed into law, the American economy has profoundly changed. Major structural changes among industries, companies, and contractors have accelerated thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and new economic policies from the Biden Administration. Throughout these

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IRCO + RespectAbility’s Nelly Nieblas: Advocacy & Legislation for Disability Justice

By Eric Ascher / 2022-04-13
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Two organizers, one local and one national, share their experiences with coalition building and advocacy for disability justice.

The post IRCO + RespectAbility’s Nelly Nieblas: Advocacy & Legislation for Disability Justice appeared first on Respect Ability.

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Overcoming Barriers and Work Disincentives Listening Session

By Eric Ascher / 2022-04-11
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Presented by United Spinal and RespectAbility

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More than 80 million people living in America depend on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for essential services. Looking at the challenge facing these Americans, leaders at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently released

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Being Michelle: Exploring Criminal Justice and Trauma through a Deaf Lens

By Eric Ascher / 2022-04-04
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Presented in partnership with Thriving Roots Initiative and Cleveland International Film Festival

This panel aimed to discuss in more depth some of the issues facing Deaf/disabled people in the criminal justice system as experienced by the protagonist in the feature length documentary film, Being Michelle. The panel brought together

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Accessibility, Advocacy, Representation: How Philanthropy Can Step Up for the Disability Community

By Eric Ascher / 2022-03-01
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One in four U.S. adults has some form of disability. Not only are most disabilities non-visible—issues like mental health, chronic illness, dyslexia, and ADHD—but many people choose not to disclose their disability in order to avoid stigma. Given the size of

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Success in the Workplace: Engaging People of All Abilities

By Eric Ascher / 2022-02-28
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Success in the Workplace: Engaging People of All Abilities. Headshots of three speakers. Logos for RespectAbility, Jewish Residential Services, and Jewish Federation of Greater PittsburghInclusion of people with disabilities

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Matan Koch and Rabbi Charles Sherman

By Eric Ascher / 2022-02-23
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Matan Koch met with Rabbi Charles Sherman of Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El, a small congregation in Pennsylvania with a dedicated Disability Inclusion Committee. Rabbi Sherman asked intriguing questions that prompted Matan to share about his disability, his experience as a Rabbi’s son, and his journey

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CJE SeniorLife + RespectAbility: Implicit Bias in Disability Employment

By Eric Ascher / 2022-02-22
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CJE SeniorLife partnered with RespectAbility to put on this JDAIM event. The program challenged attendees to look at the implicit bias that organizations communicate from basic website design, employment applications, job descriptions and throughout the entire job application process. The program highlighted what a person with a disability experiences

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