About Us

CEO of RespectAbility Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi & Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers

CEO of RespectAbility Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi & Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers

Senator Tom Harkin & CEO of RespectAbilityJennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Senator Tom Harkin & CEO of RespectAbilityJennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

 

RespectAbility Founders Don Weinberg & Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Founders Don Weinberg & Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

RespectAbility is on the front lines in the battle to reduce stigmas, failed government policies, and other obstacles that deny people with disabilities the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

One-in-five Americans has a disability. However, while African Americans, Hispanics, women, and other groups have made important progress in the last decades, almost 70% of the 22 million working-age Americans with disabilities don’t have jobs. This leads to poverty, prison, and poor health outcomes.

Each year more than 300,000 young people with disabilities reach the age to enter the workforce. However, despite polls showing that most of these youth want to work, they often hit a brick wall because of failed policies and negative stigmas. People with disabilities are tired of pity, broken promises, and low expectations. Thus, since RespectAbility was founded in 2013, we have:

  • Identified and promoted best practices for jobs and careers for people with disabilities through direct outreach to public officials and employers, social media, and webinars in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. We have met 1-1 with 43 governors in addition to other key leaders.
  • Raised public awareness of the ABILITIES of people with disabilities through the promotion of positive images and stories in the media and through our #RespectTheAbility campaign.
  • Expanded our outreach to leaders in Hollywood and other cultural areas to enable people with disabilities to be portrayed fairly and appropriately in TV, films, and books. For example, we assisted with A&E’s docu-drama Born this Way, which has 1 million fans.
  • Enabled inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based organizations.
  • Spoke in-person with 100% of the presidential candidates about jobs for people with disabilities and covered their answers in our unique non-partisan publication at the intersection of politics and disability at www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org.

RespectAbility is looking for more partners to end stigmas and enable people with disabilities to successfully climb the ladder of success. Join us as together we work to create a future of employment, independence, dignity, and respect for people of ALL abilities!

Gov. Markell & RespectAbility CEO Jennifer Lazslo Mizrahi & RespectAbility board member Doc Sweitzer

Gov. Markell & RespectAbility CEO Jennifer Lazslo Mizrahi & RespectAbility board member Doc Sweitzer

 Our CEO has published dozens OpEds on disability issues.   We have done and released numerous national polls on the disability community, and are partnering with other advocacy organizations to change the way people with disabilities are perceived and to get them the employment opportunities that they deserve.  We recently published a Criminal Justice Report. Download the accessible word document here and download the accessible PowerPoint presentation here.

If you would like any more information about RespectAbilityUSA please contact Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.

To learn about our start view our Launch PPT and Transcript as well as our Business Plan for more information of RespectAbility, its foundation, and mission.

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