Matan is a speaker, educator, and consultant, promoting universal inclusion of people with disabilities and others. Born the son of a rabbi and a Jewish educator in New Milford, Connecticut, his life of disability advocacy began with a term as the president of Yale University's student disabilities community, and reached its most recent highpoint with his appointment by President Obama to the National Council on Disability, for a term that concluded in 2014. During this span of almost two decades, Matan has worked on inclusion for each organization of which he's been a part, first as a practicing lawyer, then as a public servant, and finally as a professional in the field. While grateful for his formal education at Yale University and Harvard Law School, Matan considers his summers spent at URJ camps Eisner and Kutz to have played an even more formative role in his life. It was there that he experienced a type of inclusion that would plant the seeds for the ideas that he teaches today. Matan's speeches and classes help hosting organizations, especially Jewish ones, to reconceptualize and become excited about universal inclusion, not only embracing people with disabilities, but recognizing that true inclusion reaches everyone. He then brings a lifetime of experience in the business and disability sectors into making that happen. The true innovation in his work is the universal concept, uniquely paired with what audiences describe as a presentation of this unique concept in ways that motivate while being easily understood.In December 2017, Matan was admitted to the rabbinical program of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he anticipates matriculating in the summer of 2018. Matan hopes to serve the Jewish people in many ways, as a rabbi, including by bringing a rabbinic perspective to the Jewish aspect of his inclusion work.