RespectAbility is dedicated to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for the one-in-five Americans who have disabilities. Crucial to that work are the cohorts of young leaders that we recruit throughout the year for our National Young Leadership Program.
This semester, RespectAbility will accept up to 15 outstanding and diverse young leaders from around the country who want to advance disability issues and pursue careers in policy, advocacy, or other fields.
What sort of work do RespectAbility fellows do and what kind of impact do they have?
Here are few key accomplishments from the past year of our Program. Fellows have:
- Written and developed advocacy materials crucial to saving the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, improving the Ticket to Work program and several other critical disability employment issues.
- Collaborated with local advocates from the New York City and Greater Los Angeles metropolitan areas to develop transformative new resources in multiple languages.
- Written nationally distributed policy reports, analysis of key regulatory challenges and worked closely with Governors as well as other leaders in 32 states to implement new policies on jobs for people with disabilities.
I mention these examples to tell you that this not an ordinary internship and that a bright future awaits anyone who pursues a Fellowship with RespectAbility. This coming year, Policy and Employment Fellows will directly contribute to our efforts around job seekers with disabilities, state leadership on disability employment policy and educate a new generation of Congressional Leaders on the issues that impact millions of Americans with disabilities.
Specific projects will be assigned based on an individual’s unique skill set and their own ability to “bring something to the table.” While we accept applicants from all over, we also have a special interest in Fellowship candidates from the NYC/LA areas.
You can find full details and logistical information about the fellowship program on our website at: https://www.respectability.org/about-us/fellowship/public-policy-employment-fellowship/
The deadline to apply is November 20th.