Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Washington, D.C. USA
Tel/TTY (202) 457-0046 or 800-840-8844
JENIFER SIMPSON is the Senior
Director, Telecommunications and Technology Policy, for the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (AAPD), a national, independent, cross-disability
membership and advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. She is
responsible for advancing policy for people with disabilities in the areas of
telecommunications and technology to ensure that all people with disabilities
are able to make choices, have careers, live independently and contribute as
full participants in all aspects of society.
Previously, Ms. Simpson was in federal government service.
Most recently as a Telecommunications Accessibility Specialist at the FEDERAL
COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION in Washington, D.C, USA. Her responsibilities
included providing technical assistance to industry, consumers and the agency on
disability-specific matters in electronic communication (telephony and
television) for people with disabilities in addition to liaison with other
federal agencies and programs on disability technology policy matters. Before
that, she was an Employment Advisor at the
PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES in Washington,
D.C. This high level federal agency communicated, coordinated and promoted
public and private efforts to enhance the employment of people with
disabilities. Her responsibilities included advising the Executive Director and
Chairman on national technology policy issues as they pertained to employment
and technology for people with disabilities and working internationally to
advance accessibility of technology for people with disabilities.
Prior to government work, Ms. Simpson was at UNITED
CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATIONS in their national headquarters in Washington, D.C.
as a Senior Policy Associate. She monitored and influenced legislation and
regulations in the areas of technology, including telecommunications and income
issues. Responsibilities included policy development for both Assistive and
Information Technology and Telecommunications as well as programs of the Social
Security Administration such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the
financing of technology for people with disabilities.
Ms. Simpson was the founding member and a five-year
chairperson of THE CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES (CCD) ‘Task Force
on Communications Access and Telecommunications’ and was instrumental in
ensuring inclusion of disability access safeguards (Section 255) in the
Telecommunications Act of 1996. She was an active member of several other CCD
groups, including the Technology, Civil Rights, Social Security, and
Transportation task forces.
Ms. Simpson is active in her local Ward 5 community and
Church of The Resurrection (AMIA), Washington, DC. She is the primary parent of
21 year old Joshua who has severe communication and physical disabilities as a
result of cerebral palsy and she is married to Mark Muller, a budget officer for
the defense department.
JENIFER SIMPSON can be reached at AAPD, Washington, D.C. USA Tel/TTY (202)
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