The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

Justin Dart, father of the ADA and one of the founders of AAPD, often called for solidarity among all who love justice and equality. The disability community is massive and incredibly diverse. As a convener, AAPD is a cross disability organization that builds trust and unity through open, honest conversations. When we stand in solidarity on any issue, we have the power to create lasting change.

Disability is a natural part of the human experience that influences all of us. As a connector, AAPD is a bridge that joins the disability community with our friends, adversaries, family, businesses, schools, and the community at large, amplifying a powerful voice for change.

Like champions of justice before us have proven, seemingly underestimated actions lead to significant transformation. As a catalyst, AAPD is action-oriented, building chain reactions that increase the rate and speed of change. A small spark can ignite extraordinary results.


History of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Disability Rights Movement

This exhibit celebrates just some of the many groups and people who made the ADA possible, explores how and why it was passed, and concludes by looking at some of the major challenges we’re facing now. The ADA changed America, but there is a lot of work left to be done.


AAPD Board of Directors


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Helena Berger, President and CEO

Helena Berger has been a disability-rights advocate for over 25 years.  She is currently the President & CEO of the […]

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Jasmin Bailey, Manager of Business Operations and Executive Assistant

Jasmin is the Manager of Business Operations and Executive Assistant to the President and CEO at the American Association of […]

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Zach Baldwin, Director of Outreach

Zach Baldwin serves as the Director of Outreach for AAPD. He initially joined the organization in 2012 as a Development Associate and has worked […]

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Lisa Ekman, Policy Consultant

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare and Medicaid, employment programs, and long-term services and supports. […]

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Amy Naoum, Director of Finance

Amy Naoum joined AAPD’s team as Director of Finance on a consultant basis in the spring of 2012. Amy is a […]

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Jason Mida, Director of Development

Jason Mida is the President of Mida Associates, a DC-based fundraising consulting firm. In this capacity, he serves as the […]

Christine Chew

Christine Chew, Development Consultant

Christine Chew is the Events and Programs Manager of Mida Associates, a DC-based fundraising consulting firm. In this capacity, she serves as […]

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