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Featuring Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President 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.
Hear about the “Mitzvah Mensches” program at Boston’s Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. It’s an innovative and successful program that recruits, trains, and supports teens with and without disabilities to support worthy causes and make a difference in their communities!
Arlene Remz is the Executive Director of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the central organization for Jewish special education in Greater Boston. Arlene began her career in special education as a counselor in the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England, but for many years her professional life in special education was separate from her volunteer work in the Jewish community. Through Gateways she has brought together these two passions—working to ensure that every Jewish child can access a Jewish education.
Nancy Mager is the Director of Jewish Education Programs for Gateways and has worked in the field of special education as a teacher and consultant, and administrator for over 20 years. Nancy has extensive training and experience in autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, and Social Thinking™. Nancy holds a Master’s in Education from Simmons College through the New England Center for Children’s partnership program, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University.
Featuring Erica Steen, Director of Community Engagement, DCJCC
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Featuring Steve Rakitt, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Lisa Handelman, Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
RespectAbility shares results from focus groups in the DC area and Houston and a poll of 2000 American Jews on the state of inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community. Hear insights and findings that will enable you and your organizations to communicate in more impactful ways with those in the Jewish community who are NOT personally connected to disability.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
President and Founder of RespectAbilityUSA
VP of RespectAbility and CEO of Buren Research and Communications
Houston Jewish Family Services, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services Houston
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Vivian G. Bass is the Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH), a non-sectarian, nonprofit agency based in Rockville, Maryland. She has been committed for over 30-years to improving the quality of life, independence, community inclusion and dignity of individuals with disabilities throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, nationally and internationally. As JFGH’s CEO since 1995, Vivian is responsible for oversight of the agency’s 74 residential locations regionally which support adults in a variety of service delivery models as well as for two innovative transitional programs and two social/recreation programs for young adults. The agency, under Vivian’s leadership, has grown from under $5 million in total assets to over $26 million in 2014. As JFGH has become a model for more than 25 communities over five continents, Vivian has mentored these communities wishing to emulate the JFGH Program.
A Ruby Lion of Judah, Vivian has been bestowed numerous distinctions including: “Washingtonian of the Year”; Jewish Women International’s (JWI) Community Leadership/`Women to Watch’ Award; Distinguished Service Award by Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC); Maryland’s Top 100 Women; Jewish Federation of Greater Washington ‘Woman of Valor’ Award; Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s (YCT) `Lifetime of Service to the Jewish People’ Award; Potomac Community Resources (PCR) Patricia Sullivan Outstanding Professional Volunteer Award; and the Sulam School’s Distinguished Community Professional Award. Vivian has been sought as a speaker at a wide range of national and international conferences including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs National Plenum (JCPA), the World Congress on Disabilities in conjunction with the Paralympics, The National Organization on Disability (NOD), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Coalitions on Alternatives to Jewish Education (CAJE), the General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and the International Lion of Judah Conference. She was a plenary speaker at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the largest disabilities conference internationally. She was requested by Best Buddies International to be a consultant in the launching of their chapters in Israel. On a volunteer basis Vivian serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Women International, and is a Board Member of The Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA). Additionally she is a member of The Board of Directors of Leadership Montgomery, Maryland where she chairs the Governance and Ethics Committee, a founding member of The Board of Directors of Potomac Community Resources- a disabilities organization which evolved from the local Catholic Community, and has been an actively engaged board/advisory board member in numerous other organizations.Vivian completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Special Education at The University of Michigan.