Featuring Donna Meltzer, CEO, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO, RespectAbility
Donna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national nonprofit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work within state government to promote independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities through systems change activities. Previously she was the senior director of government relations for the Epilepsy Foundation, where she worked from 1987-1993. She previously served a three-year term as chairwoman of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and is also a past chairwoman of the National Health Council’s Government Relations Affinity Group. She is a member of the board of advisors of RespectAbility.Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President and CEO of RespectAbilty, a non-profit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream. She works regularly with national, state and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media and employers, as well as with disability and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. She has already met with teams from all 50 states, including 40 governors, on WIOA implementation. She has published dozens of op-eds on disability issues, including in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Hill and other publications. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities.