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Melissa Marshall – Bio

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Melissa Marshall, JD (she/her)
Director of Operations

Melissa has over 30 years experience managing disability rights programs, projects, and organizations. She has a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, is admitted to the Bar in Connecticut, and has been training and providing technical assistance in the Americans With Disabilities Act locally and nationally since the ADA’s passage. She has also provided training and technical assistance in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other federal and state disability rights laws. Melissa has worked as the Executive Director of several disability-related non-profits, including a center for independent living. Since 2017, she has been utilizing her expertise in ADA and other disability rights law to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to disaster-related programs and services before, during, and after disasters and emergencies.

Books Melissa has written:

I Can't Swim, But I Haven't Drowned Yet: Notes From a Disability Rights Activist, PYP Academy Press, 2020

Getting It: Persuading Organizations and Individuals to Be More Comfortable with People with Disabilities, People with Disabilities Press, 2003

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