I have worked in the field of disability law and policy for more than a decade. I have extensive knowledge of disability laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, and the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. I also have vast experience working in a variety of public policy areas, such as parenting rights, transportation, emergency management, international disability rights, employment, vocational rehabilitation, housing, public accommodations, special education, government benefits, and health care. I am skilled at legal research and analysis, legal advising and counseling, public policy development and implementation, and legislative advocacy.
As a disabled woman, I have dedicated my career to advancing the rights of people with disabilities. Most recently, I served as an Attorney Advisor at the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on matters concerning people with disabilities. Previously, I was the Disability Rights Program Manager at the Equal Rights Center, Assistant Director for Policy and Advocacy at the Disability Policy Consortium, and Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. While in law school, I interned for both the NCD and the Disability Law Center.
I am the principal author of NCD’s Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and their Children. I have written and presented extensively on the needs and experiences of parents with disabilities and has been interviewed by various news outlets, including NPR, BBC, ABC News, the Daily Beast, and the Associated Press.
I am a member of several organizations, including the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Public Health Association, National Association of Lawyers with Disabilities, and the Boston Bar Association. In August 2015, I began a three-year appointment to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights. I am also a Board Member of the Disability Policy Consortium.
I am a PhD candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University, Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, and Master’s degree in Social Policy from Brandeis University.