I first met Alanna at The Reel Abilities Film Festival at the Manhattan JCC. Reel Abilities is our all-time favorite Annual Event (we attended virtually this year!). I loved Alanna’s passion for Occupational Therapy and inclusive arts events! She also introduced us to another friend, Liz Pagedas, who has worked with PunkinFutz creating excellent activities for kiddos. I wish Alanna were closer; we would be able to collaborate more!
Accessibility and Inclusion Advocate
Alanna Raffel is an occupational therapist and accessibility consultant. She graduated from the University of Maryland with dual degrees in Psychology and Dance and from Thomas Jefferson University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked as an occupational therapist in acute rehab, early intervention ages 3 to 5, outpatient, and school-based settings. She has facilitated accessibility in a variety of ways including autism-friendly Broadway performances in New York City, open captioning at People’s Light in Malvern, and organizing mapping events to collect data on physical accessibility.