by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern
RespectAbility, in partnership with the Fox Family Foundation, is offering five apprenticeships to future leaders in the fields of public policy and employment, entertainment and news media, communications, nonprofit management, or civic engagement and coalition building. A diverse, disability-led nonprofit, RespectAbility seeks to change the way in which society views and values people with disabilities. Their mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities, including policies and practices, which empower people with disabilities so they may fully participate in every aspect of their community and have a better future. The organization helps individuals gain the training, skills, contacts, and opportunities necessary to participate actively and make decisions in the workplace. In keeping with these objectives, the apprenticeships are offered to individuals who are blind or low-vision, have a passion for making a difference, and want to gain skills and contacts that will help them succeed. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or related experience in one of the previously mentioned fields, Selected apprentices will receive $15 an hour, are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, participate in team meetings, and attend weekly speaker meetings, as well as work with the National Leadership Program Director to advance their career goals. For more information and to apply for the apprenticeship, please check out the “Apprenticeship for Blind and Low-Vision Leaders” page on RespectAbility’s website.