Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is an experienced educator, author, and speaker. At Jewish Learning Venture, she works as director of Whole Community Inclusion and leads disability awareness programs for the Philadelphia Jewish community. Her most recent book The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of her great uncle, who overcame society’s prejudices about dwarfism to lead a remarkable life, was one of the national book selections for 2017 Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. She’s also written The Kitchen Classroom, a children’s cookbook designed for children of all abilities and is releasing a new journal for parents on the special needs journey. Gabby writes for and edits The New York Jewish Week’s The New Normal: Blogging Disability and is also a featured Philly parenting blogger for WHYY’s Newsworks. Gabby holds a B.F.A. in Theater and Creative Writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Check out her recent ELI Talk on supporting families raising kids with disabilities and connect with her on Twitter at @gabkaplanmayer.