An Open Book Conversation with Emily Ladau and Risa Jaz Rifkind

Event Description: Raise funds for CCAC and enjoy a virtual fireside conversation with activists Emily Ladau and Risa Jaz Rifkind. They’ll discuss Emily’s new book, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally, and dive into rich conversation around access, identity, intersectionality and more. An audience Q & A portion will follow.

To better frame the featured conversation, we encourage you to read Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau in advance of the event. CCAC is committed to free programming and resources throughout the year. We need your help to continue this important work. Individual tickets are available for $20.

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Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, a platform dedicated to amplifying authentic narratives on the disability experience through an intersectional lens. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and her first book, Demystifying Disability, is being published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in fall 2021.

Risa Jaz Rifkind is passionate about inclusion and the arts and serves as the Treasurer for CCAC. In her full time role, she  is the Director of Civic Engagement and Marketing for Disability Lead. In 2020, she also participated on the Disability Inclusion Fund’s grant making committee. Additionally, she supports organizations develop, implement, and institutionalize disability inclusion through workshops, training, and customized approaches as an independent consultant. Risa received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.