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December 2018

 

 

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AAPD’s 20-Year President To Retire

The American Association  of People with Disabilities  (AAPD) recently announced  that its president and  CEO, Helena Berger, will retire  in August after more than  20 years with the organization.

“It is with a mix of sadness  and gratitude that AAPD’s  board of directors accepts Helena’s  decision to retire as the  leader of AAPD,” said Ted Kennedy  Jr., AAPD board chair.  “Helena has played a critical  role in the development  and success of AAPD and has  earned tremendous respect as a  leader in both the national and  international disability rights  movement. While we will all  miss her and her steadfast advocacy  for justice and inclusion,  we know that she will never  stop fighting to ensure that all  Americans have an equal opportunity  to pursue the American  dream. Because of Helena,  AAPD has never been in a  stronger position, organizationally  and financially.”

Berger has accomplished a  great deal during her years at  AAPD, including spearheading  the national REV UP Campaign,  which works to ensure  voting rights for the disabled.  On countless occasions she collaborated  with policymakers on  Capitol Hill to promote disability  rights legislation and block  efforts to repeal those protections.

She coordinated nationwide  efforts to educate, encourage..

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