Eight New Webinars on Disability Inclusion in Events

Sixteen philanthropic and nonprofit organizations have joined together to present a series of free online training sessions on the nuts and bolts of how to include people with disabilities. The series and partnership comes following the recent release of Disability in Philanthropy & Nonprofits: A Study on the Inclusion and Exclusion of the 1-in-5 People Who Live with a Disability and What You Can Do to Make Things Better,” which shows that while 75 percent of the sector wants to include people with disabilities, they don’t know how to do it.

Indeed, despite great intentions, the push for diversity, equity, access and inclusion in the field has not yet led to better outcomes for people with disabilities in our sector. Time and time again, organizations unintentionally discriminate against people with disabilities in their grant applications, programming, events, resources, websites and hiring practices.

“It’s all about getting the skills needed to ensure access, opportunity and equity for people with disabilities,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, the nonprofit which convened the partnership and sessions, in a written statement. “Hence, the series was designed by people with disabilities themselves to specifically complement what people told us in the study that they want to learn, and where there are gaps in equity practices.” All eight sessions will be free and online, with live captioning. There will be absolutely no fundraising solicitation.

The eight training sessions are:

Disability 101

Disability History

How to Ensure Accessible Events

How to Recruit, Accommodate and Promote People with Disabilities for Volunteer Leadership, Board Positions and Paid Employment

How to Ensure A Welcoming Lexicon and Inclusive Storytelling

How to Ensure Accessible Websites, Social Media and Inclusive Photos

Premium Skills Workshop in Social Media Accessibility

How to Ensure Legal Rights and Compliance Obligations: Exploring the Rights of Employees and Participants, and the Obligations of Nonprofit Organizations Under the Law

Learn more about each of these sessions at https://www.respectability.org/accessibility-webinars/. Planners may register for the entire series or individual webinars of interest to you at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8n2aNjSsR-eRNRDDaghQbQ

This series is being led by RespectAbility in partnership with other organizations based around equity in the philanthropic and nonprofit space: BoardSourceThe California Wellness FoundationCatalogue for Philanthropy, Greater WashingtonCenter for Disaster PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Communications NetworkThe Divas With Disabilities ProjectExponent PhilanthropyMedia Impact FundersNational Center of Disability JournalismNational Committee for Responsive PhilanthropyNational Council of NonprofitsNew York Women’s FoundationThe Unfunded List; and Weingart Foundation.

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