Disability Section

Disability is a national public health issue needing special attention. We can ALL help to make our world a better place for individuals with disabilities.

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Members of the Disability Section are involved with policies and actions focusing on the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities. These include the promotion of equity in health care and health outcomes, and social change to promote socioeconomic integration.

We come from a variety of backgrounds, including social and rehabilitative services, medical and health professions and social sciences. Hence, our work includes teaching, research, provision of clinical services, policy development and civil service.

Section leadership:

Chair: Meg Traci
Past Chair: Willi Horner-Johnson 
Chair-Elect: Dot Nary
Governing Councilors: Vijay Vasudevan and Anthony Cahill
Secretary: David Tillman
Program Chair: Katherine Froehlich-Grobe
Awards Chair: Adriane Griffen
Treasurer: Eric Lauer
Membership Chair: Mara Nery-Hurwit
Communications Chair: Liz Schmidt
Mentoring Chair: Michael McKee
Student Liaison: Erica Twardzik
Action Board Representative: Barbara Kornblau
External Policy Committee Members: Barbara Kornblau (Co-Chair), Randall Owen (Co-Chair), Karl Cooper, and Robyn Powell
Accessibility Liaison: Karl Cooper
Section Councilors: Katherine Froehlich-GrobeAdriane GriffenAmanda ReichardMara Nery-HurwitLiz SchmidtMichael McKee, and Erica Twardzik