Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In 2002, Richard Salem founded Enable America to eliminate the significant barriers to employment, civic involvement, and social inclusion for the more than 56 million Americans with life-altering disabilities. The organization reflects Richard’s belief that "good things happen when people have jobs."
He is the founding partner of the Tampa-based Salem Law Group, has been practicing law for more than 30 years, and manages an active business and governmental practice. A native of North Carolina, he lost his sight as a teenager, but not his ambition. He became the first blind person to attend, then graduate from Duke University Law School, before moving to Tampa and beginning an illustrious career.
Richard has been quoted in Self Magazine as one of Seven Highly Effective People and was named “Best of a Generation” by Esquire Magazine in 1984. He received the Rick Douglas Advocacy Award for outstanding work in the field of disability rights in 2001.
He serves on the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute, the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School, and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation. Previously he served on the boards of the National Organization on Disability and the Michael Stern Parkinson’s Research Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind from 1979 through 1986.
John D. Kemp, co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities, has said that "Richard Salem brings new and exciting ideas for political participation and active civic involvement to our diverse and, oftentimes, fragmented disability community. Richard is no overnight sensation; simply looking at his career, his life, shows us all what major contributions he's made to the quality of everyone's lives he's touched in so many different circles." .
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Enable America featured on "Hiring America," a program focused on improving employment for military veterans
Founded in 2002, Enable America provides a wide range of programs that directly engage with and improve the lives of people with disabilities, including disabled veterans and wounded warriors. Watch this video to see highlights from the past ten years.
Senator Tom Harkin recounts his years of fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, as he accepts the Enable America “Award of Appreciation” at the 10th Anniversary Reception held in Washington, DC.
Founder and CEO Richard Salem addresses the audience at Enable America’s 10th Anniversary Reception, recounting his journey as a person with a disability, and his inspiration for helping others.
Isolation end where employment begins. Help our nation’s wounded warriors and people with disabilities take the most important step in reconnection with their communities.
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