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Presidential Lecture Series

Andy Imparato

Recognition Year: 

President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities

"The Next Big Thing for People with Disabilities: From Civil Rights to Economic Well-Being"

October 18, 2010 
Student Union, Apollo Room

Andy Imparato is the first full-time president and chief executive officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a national nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization of people with disabilities, their family members, and supporters that was founded in 1995. AAPD pursues its mission of political and economic empowerment of all people with disabilities through public policy advocacy and programs fostering leadership development, mentoring, career exploration, voting and civic participation, and member benefits. With more than 100,000 members, AAPD is the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S.

Prior to joining AAPD, Imparato was general counsel and director of policy for the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency advising the President and 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 personal experience with bipolar disorder, is frequently called upon to write, speak, or provide testimony about disability issues. 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.