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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!

Alanna Raffel

Alanna Raffel, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist,
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.

Her company, Access Point, strives to increase inclusion in Philadelphia and beyond by advocating for access, creating solutions, and promoting awareness of accessible opportunities for people with disabilities and their friends and family.

lightbulb iconAlanna’s tip of the month

Get involved in disability justice work. It is our responsibility to make the world a more inclusive place for all of our clients and for everyone around us. Learn about the independent living movement and get involved with your local Center for Independent Living. Read about person-first vs. identity-first language and be particular about when you use each one. Use image descriptions on your photos and captions on your videos so everyone can access the internet. Spend time with disabled adults and learn from their experiences.