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New Director of the Center on Disability Studies Selected

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Patricia Morrissey has been selected to serve as Director of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Patricia Morrissey is President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (2014-2016). In March and July 2015 she was part of a team that provided disability policy training in Istanbul to Iranian activists. She was Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) from August 2001 till January 2009. Prior to that position Morrissey was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she provided consulting services to federal agencies, especially on accessibility in technology. Dean Young has selected her to serve as CDS director for the College of Education starting September 1, 2016.

Morrissey came to Washington, D.C. in 1976. Her career includes stints in both the public and private sector. She worked for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for five years prior to joining Booz Allen. She played a central role in the drafting of major disability legislation – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 1996 and 2000, the Rehabilitation Act amendments of 1998, the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, the Education of the Deaf Act Amendments of 1998 and the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999.

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