I have had a longtime interest and passion working with people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, some of our most potentially marginalized citizens....Today I serve as a Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is a research institution, and we can easily become cloistered in the “ivory tower.” Thus, I consider building meaningful, community-based relationships and giving back to the community to be a critically important aspect of my job as a Professor. I have learned so much and gained so much from working with my friends and colleagues at ACCESS! I am very thankful for that!
I want to give back to my community. I was injured and became a wheelchair user 30 years ago (just weeks after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act). Over the years, I was busy working, raising my two daughters and advocating for accessibility and inclusion in any way I could on my own. Now it’s time to lend my lived experience, energy and acquired knowledge to an exceptional organization that provides advocacy, resources, and peer support to thousands of individuals with diverse challenges. I feel that the more connections we can make, the more we can shine a light on real community needs, lower access barriers, enable independence and keep inclusion at the forefront.
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