Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

Stereotype Busters: Learning to See the Whole Person

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Date(s) - Sunday, March 7, 2021
10:30 am


Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program Spring 2021: Communications Fellow
Stereotype Busters: Learning to See the Whole Person
Rigelhaupt is a writer, actress, and advocate for disability and autism representation in the entertainment industry. She is also an alumna of RespectAbility’s 2020 Summer Entertainment Lab for Professionals with Disabilities. Rigelhaupt graduated in the class of 2020 from Sarah Lawrence College (NY) with a Bachelor’s degree. In 2017, she took a leap, taking a gap year from college and becoming a founding member of a new neurodiverse theatre company, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, in Rhode Island. That year, Rigelhaupt wrote and collaborated on the company’s first show, Identity Spectrum, a show about living with a disability. During that time, she was a neurodiverse intern with Trinity Repertory Company helping create their first sensory friendly season. 
She will speak to Tikvat Israel on the subject of learning to see the whole person and busting stereotypes.
RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities.