Paul Galonsky, MPA

2010 Disability Policy Leadership Fellow

Paul Galonsky, MPA

Paul Galonsky served as the 2010 Disability Policy Leadership Fellow for AUCD.  During his fellowship, Paul played a key role in the development of the Health Reform Hub. The Hub is an online gateway developed to provide technical assistance and updated information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Paul also advocated for the passage of Rosa's Law.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Public Administration from the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware.  Paul worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities: Bridging the Gap Project (HDWD) at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies

Prior to becoming a Graduate Research Assistant, Paul was employed with the Mental Health Association in Delaware for over eight years, where he developed and organized state workshops and conferences on mental illness prevention and promotion.  He was honored with the University of Delaware's 2008 Ratledge Family Award for Delaware Public Service for his outreach efforts towards promoting good mental health and public service in Delaware, a proclamation from Wilmington Delaware's Mayor James Baker, and the Wilmington Award in gratitude for his dedication and loyal service to the citizens of Wilmington.

Currently, Paul serves as Project Associate at Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Paul reflected on his Policy Fellowship experience and said this: "The AUCD Disability Policy Leadership Fellowship was a wonderful and unique life experience, which gave me the opportunity to study, support, and contribute to AUCD's legislative priorities and the AUCD/CDC Cooperative Agreement. In addition, the Fellowship exposed me to the intricacies of the lawmaking process on the Federal level. Specifically, the opportunity allowed me to observe how disability advocacy and education affects the legislative process and steps necessary to create change for people with disabilities nationwide. I learned that advocating and educating Federal lawmakers on disability issues is a hopeful challenge and serious task that takes knowledge, patience, and compromise." 

To learn more about Paul's experience, read his final report.