Lauren Appelbaum brings 20 years of experience in strategic and crisis communications, writing, video and web production, news gathering and social media to the disability agenda. Currently, she serves as RespectAbility’s VP, Communications. Previously, she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible to ensure the full inclusion of the 61 million people in America with disabilities.