2022 AUCD Gold Star Award

November 1, 2022

Established in 2002, the AUCD Gold Star Award is presented to a Capitol Hill staffer who exemplifies a true partnership in crafting strong public policy. This award recognizes the staffer for his/her professional and personal efforts to craft policy and implement programs with input from AUCD and the greater disability community, thus supporting AUCD in achieving its mission to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.


Sarah Mueller, Disability Policy Advisor

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP)

Sarah Mueller was the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Disability Policy Fellow at the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) and now serves as a Disability Policy Advisor for HELP. She formerly served as the Disability Policy Fellow at Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Before joining AUCD, Sarah was a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities Trainee at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Both as a sibling and as a professional, Sarah has expertise on topics including special education, family/professional partnerships, and self-advocacy. Her personal and professional experiences combine to provide a unique perspective on disability and economic justice for people with disabilities.