Dr. Patricia Morrissey, the new director of the Center on Disabilities Studies (CDS) in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education (COE), began her appointment on September 1, 2016.
“Becoming director of the Center on Disability Studies was at the top of my bucket list!” Morrissey said. “The people I have met are kind, welcoming, and talented individuals. I am very honored to be their colleague. I intend to pursue and promote collaboration and partnerships on campus, in communities, and with State Government so that people with disabilities thrive.”
Morrissey has served as President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities since 2014 and was part of a team that provided disability policy training in Istanbul to Iranian activists in 2015. For nearly a decade, she was Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (2001–2009). Prior to that, she was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she provided consulting services to federal agencies, especially on accessibility in technology.