Disability Advocate & Educator
Rebekah Taussig will challenge everything you think you know about disability as she invites us into her experience of living in a body that looks and moves differently than most. “What would it mean for disabled folks if society saw us as acceptable, equal, valuable parts of the whole?” she writes in her memoir, Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (HarperOne). Read More >
TEDx: The Complications of Kindness
On Disability and Body Neutrality | Feisworld
The Stories That We Choose to Tell Matter
On the Americans with Disabilities Act
Art Works Podcast | National Endowment for the Arts
Accessibility and inclusion for disabled people is so much more than just plastering a ramp on the backside of a building. In this keynote address, Rebekah Taussig gives an intimate glimpse into her experiences navigating the world as a disabled woman and invites us to look critically at the structures on which our communities are built. Who was this setup made for? Who is still waiting to be included? And what can we change to provide more access for more people? Taussig provides a new lens to look through, where access and inclusion is an ongoing conversation — something to revisit and rethink collaboratively.
Accessibility is so often framed as a side conversation for disabled people, when it's a fundamental human conversation that benefits everyone. Rebekah Taussig brings her experience as an educator and disability advocate, as well as a lifetime of navigating an inaccessible world, to the conversation. She shares why accessibility and inclusion are important to all of us, reframing the conversation from “special needs” to “human needs.” This is a truly groundbreaking talk with moving and entertaining stories that will motivate anyone — disabled or non-disabled — to rethink how they show up for their communities.
If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it is that the old model of unbending and unaccommodating leadership is in desperate need of an overhaul. It has compelled managers and executives to become more flexible, take a deeper look at who they hire and promote, and to change the conversation about access and inclusion in the workplace. In this talk, Rebekah Taussig makes the case — through research and her own journey — why access and inclusion are so critical for success in today’s business world. Disabled folks are not just a group of people who need help. A lifetime navigating a world that wasn’t built with you in mind can reap unique resilience, creativity and innovation. And right now, this demographic has a wealth of untapped talent to offer. It’s time to rethink leadership and who we’re hiring onto our teams.
Paralyzed after childhood cancer, Rebekah Taussig has spent most of her life interacting with physicians and healthcare systems. She’s felt the impact of being seen as a medical object to study, and she also knows through her bones what a difference it makes to be treated as a whole person. Relying on a rich history of personal stories and research on the patient experience, Taussig makes a compelling case for patient-centered care.
"It was a pleasure working with Rebekah Taussig on our Common Reading Program virtual author visit this summer! The students loved her energy and had so many questions for her! In her book, Sitting Pretty, she addresses disability and accessibility by sharing her experiences, and gave our students a greater sense of awareness. We are all looking forwarding to meeting Rebekah in person when she comes to campus for our Fall author visit!"
"Rebekah was amazing! Everything went really, really well and are still hearing great things from everyone! We will want to work with her again in the future for sure! Thank you for helping to put this together."
"Rebekah was a delight to work with! In additional to having a great story to share, she is such an authentic and engaging speaker, and her presentations were well received, both online and in person! Working with APB has been such a pleasure, and I look forward to working with you again!"
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