Cindy Thomas Appointed Interim Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion (MA UCEDD)

March 6, 2019

Cindy Thomas, M.S., C.R.C was recently appointed Interim Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI). ICI, based at Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Boston, recently celebrated 50 years of promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. Ms. Thomas has been an integral part of the ICI for over 30 years and has played a significant role in its growth. Most recently, she has served as the Associate Director, as well as continuing her long-term role as lead for the Employment Services and Capacity Building team.

Ms. Thomas has extensive experience working with and for individuals with disabilities providing employment services, training and technical assistance and working with state agencies serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the vocational rehabilitation system, community rehabilitation providers and the workforce development system. She has served as the PI for multiple federal and state grants and contracts. Ms. Thomas has presented locally and nationally on employment issues and community inclusion. Currently she works on initiatives in the areas of state level systems change, and provider capacity building and transformation.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead ICI during this time of transition," said Thomas. "ICI is an amazing organization and I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to advance our mission of inclusion."