Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2015)– Helena Berger, a well-recognized and lifelong advocate of the disability movement, has been named Acting President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) by the organization’s board of directors.
Berger first joined the staff of AAPD in 1997 and in 2010 was asked to assume the role of acting CEO, upon the departure of previous President and CEO, Andrew J. Imparato. Although she officially left the staff of AAPD in 2012, Berger stayed in close touch with the organization and has continued to work in support of the disability community in various capacities.
“It’s been my life’s work to cut through the fear and stigma attached to people with disabilities,” says Berger. “It should go without saying that people with disabilities deserve to enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. We see a tremendous opportunity as we reflect on the 25th anniversary of ADA. I am excited to get back to work with AAPD.”
The organization values its role in the community and strives to continue working with its friends and partners in the disability community toward creating a unified, powerful force for change.
Mark Perriello is leaving AAPD to pursue other interests. We thank Mark for his service. Berger will assume leadership of AAPD effective immediately.
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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.