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AAPD Mission

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

Staff

Meet the staff who power AAPD and read their biographies.

Our Board

See who serves on AAPD's distinguished Board of Directors.

Our National Partners

To achieve its mission, AAPD seeks strategic partners to invest in our mission by supporting programs and initiatives that provide meaningful change to people with disabilities.

Annual Report

View 2008-2009 Annual Report in PDF and Word formats. This section includes letters from AAPD board members Cheryl Sensenbrenner and Tony Coelho.

Work at AAPD

See what new job openings are available at the AAPD offices in Washington, DC.


 

When I was ten my parents told me I wouldn’t get around outside.
I didn’t understand.

When I was twelve the school district told my parents they couldn’t send a teacher to tutor me.
I didn’t understand.

When I was fifteen they said I couldn’t go to college.
I didn’t understand.

When I was seventeen they said I’d never drive a car.
I didn’t understand.

When I was eighteen my date told me her parents wouldn’t let her go out with me anymore.
I didn’t understand.

When I was twenty-one I was told I was too disabled to work.
I didn’t understand.

Now I’m almost forty and I understand. I’m working for the passage of the ADA. So that many as yet unborn people with disabilities will never have to learn to understand.

AAPD Founder Paul G. Hearne, July 1989.

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