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Harkin Announces New Disability Policy Director

October 28, 2010

Harkin Announces New Disability Policy Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that he has hired Andrew Imparato to serve as Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director.  A leading expert and longtime advocate for Americans with disabilities, Imparato is the current President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).     

“Andy and I share a deep belief that that all Americans have the right to equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.  Throughout my career I have fought to ensure that Americans with disabilities have those rights, and I will continue to make it a top priority as Chairman of the HELP Committee,” said Harkin.  “Under Andy’s leadership, the AAPD has grown into one of our nation’s most powerful advocates for people with disabilities.  With his great expertise and boundless energy, I know that Andy will be valuable addition to our disability policy team.”

Since 1999, Imparato has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AAPD, a national non-profit organization focused on empowering all people with disabilities through public policy advocacy and programs fostering leadership development and civic participation.  He worked with a coalition of more than 200 disability, employer, civil rights and faith-based groups to push for the successful passage of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, of which Chairman Harkin was the lead Senate sponsor.  

Prior to joining AAPD, Imparato was general counsel and director of policy for the National Council on Disability.  He also worked as a special assistant to Commissioner Paul Steven Miller at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and worked for Chairman Harkin as Counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy.

Chairman Harkin was the lead sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation signed into law in 1990 to ensure equality rights and opportunities for the more than 54 million Americans with physical and mental disabilities.