In Memorial: Tony Young
AAPD joins the disability rights community in celebrating the life of Tony Young, a dedicated advocate and former AAPD Board Member. Most recently, Tony served as the Senior Public Policy Strategist for SourceAmerica.
During his career, Tony served as the second Chair of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), from 2001 through 2003. Many of you may also remember Tony for his years of work as a Co-Chair of the Social Security Task Force and for co-leading the disability community’s efforts to pass the Ticket to Work legislation, among many other legislative efforts. He was also the founding Executive Director of the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia.
Throughout his life Tony served in a wide variety of state and national bodies dedicated to helping people with disabilities, including the Congressional Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities, the Presidents’ Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Entrepreneurship and Small Business for People with Disabilities; the National Rehabilitation Hospital Research and Training Center on Medical Rehabilitation and Health Policy; the World Institute on Disability Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services, the National Institute on Consumer Directed Long Term Services at the National Council on the Aging, Inc.; and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Blue Ribbon Panel on Personal Assistance Services Policy, and as a Fellow with the World Institute on Disability.
In 1998 Tony was presented with the Disability Achievement Award by the American Public Health Association’s DisAbility Forum. This award is given to a person who has a long history of making substantial achievements in the field of disability science or policy benefiting persons with disabilities.
Our thoughts are with Tony’s family and friends as we celebrate his life and accomplishments.