Andrew J. Imparato is the first full-time President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a national non-profit, non-partisan membership organization of people with disabilities, their family members and supporters that was founded in 1995. Through its advocacy and programs, AAPD promotes economic and political empowerment for the more than 56 million children and adults with disabilities in the U.S.
The AAPD Leadership Awards Program provides recognition and support for both emerging leaders with disabilities and well-established leaders of the disability community. AAPD serves as the National Host of National Disability Mentoring Day, an annual event supported by the U.S. Department of Labor that pairs students and job seekers with disabilities with volunteer mentors working in the private and public sectors. Last year, AAPD launched its national Disability Vote Project, a non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote effort focused on the disability community.
Prior to joining AAPD in 1999, Imparato was general counsel and director of policy for the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency advising the President and the Congress on public policy issues affecting people with disabilities. Imparato has also worked as a special assistant to Commissioner Paul Steven Miller at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa; and as a Skadden fellow/staff attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Imparato, whose perspective is informed by his own experience with bipolar disorder, is frequently called upon to write, speak or provide testimony about disability issues. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and the Institute of Medicine. He has been featured on CNN, CBS News, Fox Sports, CourtTV, CBS News Radio, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, BBC Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting System and other broadcast and print media. He recently wrote an essay on the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings affecting people with disabilities under Chief Justice Rehnquist, which will be part of a book published later this year addressing that Court's impact on several constituencies.
Imparato sits on the Board of Directors of the Center for Bioethics, Culture and Disability based in Calgary, Canada and the U.S. International Council on Disability, based in Washington, D.C. Imparato is a member of the Accessibility Advisory Group for America Online and a member of the Consumer Advisory Forum for Blue Cross/Blue Shield Associations. Imparato graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two sons, ages 8 and 3.
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