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Enabling Foundations, Nonprofits and Partners to Include People with Disabilities

Please join Southern California Grantmakers, Annenberg Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Weingart Foundation and WITH Foundation for a full day workshop on disability inclusion. 

We know that problems are solved most effectively when we include the people who have experienced them first hand, those who know the solutions that will work. Just like issues that impact people of different racial, ethnic or other backgrounds, people with disabilities should be involved in solving the issues that impact them. After all, organizations are at their best when they welcome, respect and include people of all backgrounds. This includes people with disabilities.

This workshop will focus on training and empowering foundations and other funders in how to become fully accessible to, and inclusive of, people with disabilities. You will gain insight into how to ensure accessibility in your grantees’ programs, your resources and communications, and your internal hiring and diversity initiatives. It will also enable you to understand key aspects of intersectionality as they impact education, workforce, criminal justice, homelessness and health.

You will interact with dynamic, diverse self-advocates, as well as grantmaking professionals who have begun to successfully add accessible and inclusive activities to their work. We hope you can attend! 

Studies show that 70% of people with disabilities want to work and that the majority of young people with disabilities can get jobs and careers when they are given the right opportunities and supports. You will learn how you can include the 1-in-5 people who live with a disability in your work. Indeed, most accommodations to include people with disabilities are simple, free or low cost. With new technology and best practices, more people with disabilities can be included successfully. This will make your foundation even more successful, no matter your area of funding!

Topics will include:

  • Training in recruiting, hiring, retaining and succeeding with employees, volunteers and board members with disabilities 
  • Training in accessible and inclusive communications—technology, website, social media 
  • Information and training on how to add the disability lens to work on issues faced by marginalize people
  • Free online tools and training that you can use 24/7 
  • Training in disability etiquette


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9:30 am Check-in & Networking (Refreshments Available)
10:00 am

Welcome/Opening Remarks: Why Disability Inclusion Matters to Us

  • Dave Sheldon, Vice President, Collaboration & Community Building, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation
  • Judy Belk, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment
10:30 am

Disability Inclusion 101: Language and Cultural Competency

  • Catherine Townsend, Disability Inclusion Adviser, Ford Foundation
11:30 am Short Break/Begin Lunch
11:30 am

Lunch & Case Studies: Embracing Disability Inclusion

Case Study #1:  Hiring and Operations

  • Interviewee: Ryan Easterly, Executive Director, WITH Foundation
  • Interviewer: Marsha Bonner, Director of Programs, Community Grantmaking & Special Initiatives, Annenberg Foundation

Case Study #2:  Communications

  • Interviewee: Lisa Galloway, Grants Program Associate, Ability Central
  • Interviewer: Belen Vargas, Senior Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation

Case Study #3:  Grantmaking

  • Interviewee:  Renata Simril, President & CEO, LA84 Foundation
  • Interviewer: Kym Eisner, Executive Director, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
12:45 pm Short Break & Transition to Breakouts
1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions Round 1

Communications Staff Track: Strategies to Promote Inclusive and Accessible Communication: Welcoming Lexicon, Websites, Social Media, Photos, and Events

  • Lauren Appelbaum, Communications Director, RespectAbility
  • Ann Bui, Program Director, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
  • Emily Harris, Executive Director, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Tatiana Lee, Founder & Editor, Accessible Hollywood (Los Angeles-based)

Hiring and Operations Staff Track: Recruiting, Accommodating and Promoting People with Disabilities—An Introduction to Laws and Policies to Ensure Compliance and Success

  • Moderator: Elana Wien, VP, Center for Designed Philanthropy, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Matan Koch, Senior Advisor, RespectAbility
  • Katherine Pérez, Director, Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation (Los Angeles-based)
  • Stephen Simon, Executive Director, City of Los Angeles, Department on Disability

Grantmaking Staff Track: Adding a Disability Inclusion Lens: How to Deepen Your Impact

  • Moderator: Kym Eisner, Executive Director, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
  • Stephanie Lomibao, SVP / National Philanthropy Manager, Bank of America Foundation
  • Renata Simril, President & CEO, LA84 Foundation
  • Rosemary Veniegas, Senior Program Officer, Health, California Community Foundation
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions Round 2

Communications Staff Track: The Power of Storytelling in Advancing Disability Rights and Inclusion

  • Candace Cable, Disability and Inclusion Consultant & Paralympian (Los Angeles-based)
  • Jennifer Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility

Hiring and Operations Staff Track: Ensuring Successful Disability Inclusion Initiatives in Your Organization: Best Practices and Must-Haves

  • Moderator: Catherine Townsend, Disability Inclusion Adviser, Ford Foundation
  • Ryan Easterly, Executive Director, WITH Foundation
  • Heather Jue Northover, Director, Center for Health Equity, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Delbert Whetter, Chief Operating Officer & Head of Business Affairs at Exodus Film Group (Los Angeles-based)

Grantmaking Staff Track: How to Support Your Grantees with Their Internal and External Disability Inclusion Activities

  • Moderator: Belen Vargas, Senior Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation
  • Emily Harris, Executive Director, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Patti Giggans, Executive Director, Peace Over Violence
  • Vincenzo Piscopo, Community & Stakeholder Relations Director, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Kristy Trautmann, Executive Director, FISA Foundation
3:45 pm

Closing Thoughts

4:00 pm Adjourn

Fred Ali

Weingart Foundation

Lauren Appelbaum


Judy Belk

The California Wellness Foundation

Ann Bui

Californina Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)

Candace Cable

Social Cohesion Resources

Kym Eisner

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

Ryan Easterly

WITH Foundation

Lisa Galloway

Ability Central Philanthropy

Patti Giggans

Peace Over Violence

Emily Harris

Chicago Community Trust, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership

Heather Jue Northover

Los Angeles County

Matan Koch


Tatiana Lee

Accessible Hollywood

Stephanie Lomibao

Bank of America Foundation

Jennifer Mizrahi


Katherine Pérez

Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation

Vincenzo Piscopo

The Coca-Cola Company

Robert Ross

The California Endowment

Stephen David Simon

City of Los Angeles

Renata Simril

LA84 Foundation

Catherine Hyde Townsend

Ford Foundation

Kristy Trautmann

FISA Foundation

Belen Vargas

Weingart Foundation

Delbert Whetter

Exodus Film Group

Elana Wien

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
Center for Healthy Communities, Redwood Meeting Room
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Jessica LeTarte at [email protected].



NCG, SCG and SDG, members: No cost to attend
Eligible Non-members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG members, NCG, SDG and eligible non-members

SCG members: register online.
NCG & SDG members: contact [email protected] to register.
Eligible non-members: If you already have an SCG account, log in to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

About this Location
This location is ADA compliant, has dedicated nursing rooms, and gender neutral restrooms available.

Fri, 08/23/2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
1000 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Mon, 09/09/2019
7:30am - 6:00pm
900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Tue, 09/10/2019
8:30am - 1:00pm
1000 Alameda St., #230 Los Angeles, CA 90012
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12:00pm - 1:30pm
702 County Square Dr., Ventura, CA 93003
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Thu, 09/12/2019
9:00am - 10:30am
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Wed, 09/18/2019
8:00am - 4:00pm
4700 Airport Plaza Drive Long Beach, CA 90815
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Wed, 09/18/2019
11:00am - 2:00pm
301 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 1850 Long Beach, CA 90802 
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Sun, 09/22/2019 (All day) to Wed, 09/25/2019 (All day)
875 Bordeaux Way Napa, California 94558
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Mon, 09/23/2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
1055 Wilshire Blvd Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The LA County Department of Arts and Culture is hosting a Cultural Policy Stakeholder Meeting for LA Arts Funders that will be facilitated by consultants The Soluna Group. As part of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, one of the recommendations funded by the LA County Board of... Read More
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Mon, 09/23/2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Program Description The SCG Health Funders Group is a peer group of funders seeking to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve. These facilitated sessions provide opportunities for shared learning and collaboration. All funders seeking to address barriers to health and... Read More
Wed, 10/16/2019 (All day) to Fri, 10/18/2019 (All day)
NCFP will live stream an event over the internet from the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy in Chicago, IL.  From the comfort of your home or office—and with a computer or electronic device--you can listen and view the event as it happens live. The specific date and time of the live... Read More
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Thu, 10/17/2019 (All day) to Wed, 10/30/2019 (All day)
Fee Current SCG, NCG, and SDG Members: $495 Eligible Non-members: $995 Program fee is due prior to the start of the program. Fees cover all course materials, lunches and refreshments. Who May Participate Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and other grantmakers eligible for SCG... Read More
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9:00am - 10:30am
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Thu, 11/14/2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
3508 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
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Thu, 12/12/2019
9:00am - 10:30am
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