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


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The 2023 AAPD Leadership Awards Virtual Gala will be held on April 20, 2023 at 6:30pm Eastern.

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    AAPD is a convener.

    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.

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    AAPD is a connector.

    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.

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    AAPD is a catalyst.

    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.

AAPD Career Center

We are proud to introduce our redesigned AAPD Career Center: a premier source for people with disabilities to search and land professional careers with leading employers. The AAPD Career Center will attract the world’s leading companies and universities to find qualified and diverse candidates. The new AAPD Career Center makes it easier than ever to find the right opportunities for you. Visit to get started.

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