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Anita Shafer Aaron

Chief Executive Officer

Lighthouse International Inc

HQ Phone:  (727) 544-4433

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Lighthouse International Inc

6925 112th Circle N Suite 103

Largo, Florida,33773

United States

Company Description

The Lighthouse is a nationally accredited, non-profit agency dedicated to assisting all people with vision loss or blindness. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the Lighthouse provides free, professionally taught classes and sponsors support groups across five counti...more

Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director

World Institute on Disability


Affiliations

California Consumer Protection Foundation

Advisor


Ed Roberts Campus

Board Member


Center on Technology and Disability

Advisory Board Member


US Business Leadership Network

Honorary Advisory Board Member


United States International Council on Disabilities

Board Member


EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

Board Member


American Foundation for the Blind

Member, National Program Committee


TACC

Board Member


California Council of the Blind

Member


the State Department of Rehabilitation

Member of the Blind Services Advisory Committee


National Federation of the Blind incorporated

Member


Rehabilitation

President of the California State Independent Living Council and A Member of the Department of Blind Advisory Committee


Western University

Advisory Board Member


Curry Senior Center

Board Member


California Department of Rehabilitation

Member


Education

bachelor of science degree

University of Tulsa


master

public administration and certificates


Web References(114 Total References)


CTD Advisory Board | Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

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Anita Shafer Aaron
Anita Shafer Aaron, Executive Director, World Institute on Disability Prior to joining WID in 2010, Anita served for twenty years as CEO of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, focusing on local, regional and national policy and program concerns impacting individuals who are blind, visually impaired and/or deaf-blind. Anita began her disability rights leadership career in 1981 as Deputy Director of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living. Her work in the blindness field resulted in numerous local and national acknowledgements for her individual efforts; however, she believes her most significant contribution to the disability movement overall is a commitment to building bridges between disability organizations, disability groups and among individuals with disabilities.


Meet Our Team — World Institute on Disability

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Anita Shafer Aaron
Executive Director Anita Aaron is the World Institute on Disability's Executive Director. Prior to joining WID in 2010, Anita served for twenty years as CEO of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired headquartered in San Francisco focusing on local, regional and national policy and program concerns impacting individuals who are blind, visually impaired and/or deaf-blind. Anita began her disability rights leadership career in 1981 as Deputy Director of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living. Her work in the blindness field resulted in numerous local and national acknowledgements for her individual efforts; however, she believes her most significant contribution to the disability movement overall is a commitment to building bridges between disability organizations, disability groups and among individuals with disabilities.


www.lighthouse-sf.org

Anita Shafer Aaron and Robert Scott Aaron
Anita Shafer Aaron, Executive Director/CEO Anita Shafer Aaron


Increasing Employment through Accessibility: A Conversation with the World Institute on Disability's Anita Aaron | Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

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Increasing Employment through Accessibility: A Conversation with the World Institute on Disability's Anita Aaron
Anita Aaron, World Institute on Disability Anita Aaron photo Anita Aaron is the World Institute on Disability's Executive Director. Prior to joining WID in 2010, Anita served for twenty years as CEO of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired headquartered in San Francisco focusing on local, regional and national policy and program concerns impacting individuals who are blind, visually impaired and/or deaf-blind. Anita began her disability rights leadership career in 1981 as Deputy Director of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living. Her work in the blindness field resulted in numerous local and national acknowledgements for her individual efforts; however, she believes her most significant contribution to the disability movement overall is a commitment to building bridges between disability organizations, disability groups and among individuals with disabilities. PEAT recently spoke with WID's executive director Anita Aaron about her organization's work in the area of accessible technology. PEAT: Can you please tell us a bit about WID's mission and activities? Aaron: Certainly. Aaron: WID's position is and always has been that technology is one of the major game changers for people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including, of course, employment. Aaron: I'm afraid that most employers don't get that, no. Even people who work in the disability community don't always understand the basics of accessibility. To share an example, I happen to be blind, and someone in my field recently sent me an online questionnaire that was not accessible. When I told the sender about this, he replied that he figured whatever assistive technology I had on my system could figure out a way to read it. Well, it doesn't work that way, of course. But his inexperience is not uncommon, and since technology is ever changing, it's easy to understand why we have an awareness problem. PEAT: In your opinion, what are the greatest challenges for job applicants and employees with disabilities with regard to accessible workplace technology? Aaron: Well, I think it's still very difficult for job seekers with disabilities to link up with jobs and insert themselves into the interview process. Aaron: We do, from time to time. Aaron: Well, WID would love to see a Section 508 that is more effective in enforcing accessibility. Aaron: WID's Technology Policy Program provides training and technical assistance to the information technology and telecommunications industry to make their products and services accessible. Aaron: First and foremost, a commitment to accessibility must be embraced from the top down. Aaron: I think the most successful job seekers are those who understand the tools they need to work productively. Aaron: Definitely.


USBLN | ADA25 Legacy Tour | Honorary Board Biographies | Anita Shafer Aaron

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Anita Shafer Aaron
USBLN | ADA25 Legacy Tour | Honorary Board Biographies | Anita Shafer Aaron ANITA SHAFER AARON Executive Director/CEO, World Institute on Disability Anita Shafer Aaron Anita Shafer Aaron is Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability, an international disability policy development and training institute committed to economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities co-founded in 1983 by Ed Roberts, Judy Heumann and Joan Leon. Prior to joining WID in 2010, Aaron served for twenty years as CEO of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired headquartered in San Francisco focusing on local, regional, and national policy and program concerns impacting individuals who are blind, visually impaired and/or deaf-blind. Aaron began her disability rights leadership career in 1981 as Deputy Director of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living and was one of WID's pioneering staff members in 1983-86. Aaron has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in public administration and certificates in facilitative mediation and nonprofit management.


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