Sarah DeMaio, MSW

Senior Program Manager | UCEDD TA Team
Phone: 240-821-9463

Sarah DeMaio, MSW

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Sarah DeMaio is the senior program manager for AUCD's UCEDD Resource Center where she manages the technical assistance team for the UCEDD network. Sarah is also the project director for the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE). She provides oversight and leadership to the PFP-IDE which brings 20 mid-career professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, to the US to study with AUCD network members and partners how to implement best practices in advancing inclusive employment for individuals with disabilities.

She brings to this role 15 years of experience working with people with disabilities and their families. Immediately before joining the AUCD team, Sarah served as the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia where she developed training materials for family members, service providers, and community groups. She also spearheaded an initiative to offer peer support and leadership development opportunities for autistic adults. Sarah has worked in grassroots advocacy on federal policy at the American Association of People with Disabilities as the moderator for the Justice For All action network. She started her career in special education, working with high school students in Miami, Florida.

Sarah earned an MSW from the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC. During her studies, she conducted research into the effective implementation of person- and family- centered planning as a Ford Fellow. Sarah holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and has an older brother with Down Syndrome.

Areas of Interest:


  • Transition
  • Family Involvement
  • Genetics
  • Down Syndrome