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AUCD - Plenary C, Part 1: Speaker, Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 9:00 AM - 09:45 AM

Location: Columbia 5-8

Session Description

The first segment of the closing plenary of the 2012 AUCD Conference will feature Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., discussing major challenges facing the developmental disability community over the next four years.


Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.

Ted Kennedy Jr.
Entrepreneur, Healthcare Attorney and Advocate for People with Disabilities

Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy, Jr. is the president and co-founder of the Marwood Group, a healthcare focused financial services firm with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and London. Since losing one of his legs to bone cancer at the age of 12, Ted Kennedy, Jr., has also devoted much of his professional and personal energy to working as an advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities. Kennedy has served as on the board of directors for the Special Olympics and currently serves as a board member of AAPD (American Association of Persons with Disabilities), a cross-disability civil rights and policy organization. He has also served on the board of Connecticut's Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and as a teaching fellow on disability policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Earlier in his career, Kennedy worked for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and later as an attorney fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities. He served for four years on the Executive Committee of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and has worked extensively with both policy-makers and the corporate world in the areas of expanding job opportunities for people with disabilities. Kennedy is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.