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Join AAPD as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change – your support helps increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

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    AAPD will advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology.

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    Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce.

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    Employment opportunity means economic self-sufficiency and independence. AAPD is committed to improving employment outcomes for the many people with disabilities who are not working but are ready, willing and able to work.

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    These annual awards recognize outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.

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    AAPD and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) have partnered to establish a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for disability employment inclusion and accessibility.

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    The Innovation Institute – Powered by Disability Inclusion is a comprehensive leadership and management program for government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.

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  • Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship
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    The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) provides the opportunity for an individual with a disability to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training on cutting edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing the individual’s voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy.

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