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Webinar – Disability-Inclusive Hiring

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

While there are more than 61 million adults with disabilities in the United States, only 21.3% of people with disabilities are employed – a stark contrast to the 65.4% of people without disabilities who are employed. Within the philanthropic sector, CHANGE Philanthropy’s 2022 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report found that people with disabilities working in philanthropy increased from 6.3% in 2018 to 23.1% in 2022. 

To encourage this growth, we must create a culture of inclusiveness and access in our workplaces. How can philanthropy make recruiting, onboarding, and retention practices inviting and accessible for disabled candidates?

This webinar will cover topics including:

CART and ASL interpretation will be provided. If you require another accommodation to fully participate in the webinar, please note it in your registration, or contact us at communications@disabilityphilanthropy.org. This free webinar is presented by the Disability & Philanthropy Forum.

Kym Eisner is a woman with shoulder-length dark brown hair. She is wearing a silver blouse and smiling at the camera.

Moderator: Kym Eisner, Executive Director, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

Kym Eisner is the Executive Director of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is that individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities. Their work includes spinal cord injury research, creating opportunity and independence, psychosocial research, scholarships and fellowships, assistive technology, education, employment, independent living, rehabilitation, and arts, sports and recreation. Prior to working with the scientific and disability communities, she worked with both emerging and established non-profits as well as serving on numerous boards focusing on education, social services, health system infrastructure and the arts.

Eman is a light-skinned Black and Palestinian woman, smiling. She has big curly black hair, is wearing a black jacket and black pants and is standing by the park, wearing her prosthetic limbs, with her walker and briefcase behind her.

Panelist: Eman Rimawi-Doster, Founder and Executive Director, Diversity Includes Disability

Eman Rimawi-Doster is a Black and Palestinian woman, born and raised in NYC. She organizes around diversity, equity, and inclusion in disenfranchised communities, while using art, writing, fashion, creativity, and organizing. She learned the ins and outs of taking action and having integrity from her parents. She has made it her life’s mission to change the things that need a push in a more inclusive direction. Her father wanted her to change the things she saw wrong and she does with everything she touches.

She went on to teach creative writing, community organizing, and political science workshops to youth in the city. She’s been focused on organizing disability rights and the intersectionality of it within every aspect of life.

She is committed to educating people on the interconnectedness of disability within multiple communities. Life doesn’t end when you have a disability. She began Diversity Includes Disability, a consulting firm designed to support and educate organizations and businesses on disability equity, while she continues to be a Disability Consultant for D.C. Comics and Skybound, and speaks at conferences about equity and inclusion for all people with disabilities.

Eman is also the funniest person you’ll ever meet.