Unfortunately, I have been unable to update this blog as much as I would like. The particular reason behind this currently is that I am initiating a job move. It is with great sadness that I announce my decision to leave the American Psychological Association (APA). I have worked for three wonderful years as a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer for APA's Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO). As of last week, I accepted a position with the United States Department of Labor as a Senior Policy Advisor.
It has been my genuine pleasure to work for APA on a wide variety of issues crossing many populations and I have been privileged to be present for APA's many successes during this time such as the passage of the ADA Amendments Act, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, regulatory language protecting reimbursement for services for children with mental health conditions in school, the repeal of the HIV/AIDS ban, the President's signing of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the inclusion of APA health disparities language in health reform legislation to name just a very few.
I have enjoyed working with APA’s fine staff of professionals and will miss my associations there. In particular, I am humbled by the passion and dedication of the PI-GRO and their willingness to work with the disability community to support independent choice for people with disabilities. I am proud to have played a role in furthering APA's commitment to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society.
Friday, November 6 will be my last day at APA. Although I leave with a heavy heart, I am eager to see what opportunities await with the Department of Labor. I am excitied about the potential and hope that I may positively impact the lives (and perceptions) of people with disabilities.
As always, I can be reached via this website or you can contact me via the show’s voicemail line at 206-888-6009. Thank you to all of those who follow Day in Washington for supporting me and sharing my enthusiasm for disability policy and I look forward to continuing our communications and work to improve the lives of people with disabilities in my new role.
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