Summer Fellows for Inclusion of Jews with Disabilities

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Who We Want
The RespectAbility fellowship program is ideal for people who want to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are looking for creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while getting hands-on experience. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. The fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as for people transitioning into the workforce for the first time, or back into the workforce after a break.


Important Details for Applicants
• Completed at least their junior year of college and be committed to advancing the inclusion of Jewish people with disabilities in Jewish society
• Commit for a minimum of two months
• Hours are 9-5, and fellows must be able to work at least 20 hours a week, though 40 hours per week is preferred
• There is no tuition cost to do the fellowship, and fellows will be awarded $250 a month as a transportation reimbursement
• The fellowship takes place in Bethesda, MD (office is a short walk from the Metro Station)
• Your cover letter must explain why this fellowship in particular is of interest to you and what you “bring to the table.” You must discuss in your cover letter why you believe that you have the skills, focus, and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.


Fellowship Duties
This position focuses on our campaign to include people with disabilities in Jewish society. The fellow’s main project is called “Equality and Justice for Jews with Disabilities.” 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), yet three recent polls show that Jews with disabilities are frequently denied access to Jewish institutions, programs, and practice. This directly contradicts our community’s inclusive laws and values, and the project will be an important step to change that. RespectAbility will create, disseminate, and publicize inclusion training materials. We will launch a national image/ad campaign to impact the perception and treatment of PwDs inside the Jewish community.

Fellows will work directly with RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. They must exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects. Individual projects will be assigned based on an individual’s unique skill set and their own ability to “bring something to the table.” Upon the completion of the fellowship program, applicants can expect to come away with excellent experience in the field of strategic communications and policy, as well as fair knowledge of issues for people with disabilities.

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