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AUCD - Plenary C: "Jeffrey's Story"

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:15 am - 11:45 am

Location: Renaissance Ballroom

Session Description

Jeffrey Hunt is the son of Judy Woodruff. In recent years, Judy has been experiencing the journey of transition with her family and Jeffrey, who has spina bifida. During her presentation, Judy will share her family's personal transition experiences and engage audience members in a conversation about the challenges facing individuals with disabilities as they approach adulthood. She will frame her personal experiences against a backdrop of the current political and media context.


Featured Presenter(s)

Judy Woodruff; Broadcast Journalist, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Jeff CrowleyJudy Woodruff

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. Most recently, she signed on as a senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, anchoring the weekday political program, "Inside Politics." Woodruff also played a central role in the network's political coverage and other major news stories.

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, and Global Rights: Partners for Justice. She also serves as a member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and the board of the National Museum of American History. Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.

Respondent: Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH; White House

Jeff Crowley is the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy at the White House. In these roles, he is the President's lead advisor on HIV/AIDS policy and is responsible for coordinating disability and health policy issues for the Domestic Policy Council.

From 2000-2009, Mr. Crowley was a Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and a Senior Scholar at the University's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. His primary areas of focus involved Medicaid and Medicare policy issues as they impact people with disabilities
and chronic conditions (including people with HIV/AIDS). Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), overseeing the organization's public education, community development, and training activities. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served Swaziland from 1989-1991. Mr. Crowley is a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance (NASI).