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Mr. Henry Claypool

Executive Vice President


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Employment History

Policy Director

Policy Center

Executive Vice President

American Association of People with Disabilities


Director, Office On Disability
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Advisory Steering Committee Member
Long Term Quality Alliance

Senior Advisor for Disability Policy To the Administrator
The Center for Medicare Advocacy , Inc.

Long-Term Care Diana Shaw Clark Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Greg A. Rosenbaum Member
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Senior Advisor for Disability Policy To the Administrator

Commission on Long-Term Care

Disability Policy Advisor

Senior Policy Advisor for Disability Policy To the Administrator

Study Panel Member
National Academy of Social Insurance

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute





University of Colorado at Boulder

bachelor's degree

University of Colorado

college degree


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Research on Disability - StatsRRTC - Staff [cached]

Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President


Disabilities Forum of Columbia Missouri: Voices from Washington [cached]

An interview with Henry Claypool, Health and Human Services Office on Disability

Henry Claypool is the Director of this office. I sat down with him to learn his opinion on what the future holds for disability policy. Director Claypool incurred a spinal cord injury when he was a sophomore in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After his injury Claypool worked at the Center for People with Disabilities in Boulder and later as Director of the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities at the University of Colorado. Eventually he made his way to DC, where he continues to work currently.
The DOD may not be very well known to the public because it is part of the Department of Health and human services but that doesn't mean it plays a minor role in policy change.
"[The Department of Disability] functions as an advisor... We platform events, pick priorities, and we do our best to make things relevant" said Claypool. It is important for there to be an advocate in DC because with all the other issues out there especially when things such as healthcare are being discussed it is important for there to be someone there to advocate for those who can not advocate for themselves.
It has been in the news for what seems like an eternity now but with the passage of the new healthcare bill there will be a large impact on the disability community and the care which persons with disabilities receive. The largest change that will radically increase health care coverage is the new law's prohibition on insurance companies which prohibits them from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition.
"Now that pre-existing claims won't be denied it will be easier for people to deal with [insurance] companies and those with disabilities will be treated the same as those without disabilities...It was a big step in the fight for equal civil rights" explained Claypool.
"We have a vibrant communication with HUD, we are working to provide better housing so people in local communities can find better services" said Claypool.
The DOD has advocated for better disability policy but as Claypool states, "Disability Policy is still a relatively new thing. And because of this there are still many challenges going forward," said Claypool. "We need to stay focused on what is important and demonstrate what works."
And that will be the key to gaining the opportunities and equality that persons with disabilities need to overcome the stereotypes that prevent them from participating fully in employment and the other dimentions of society. It will be individuals like Henry Claypool and his dedicated team at the Department of Disability to continue to advocate on Capitol Hill for those who cannot advocate for themselves and prove that disability policy is valueable, not just to persons with disabilities, but to the entire nation.

Officers | The NGO Committee on Ageing [cached]

Statement, delivered by Henry Claypool (HHS/ACL)

"The voice-activated feature is a way ... [cached]

"The voice-activated feature is a way to address a number of barriers for people who can't move their hands," says Henry Claypool, a policy consultant with the American Association of People with Disabilities, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. "The specific challenges of people with disabilities may seem routine to others. But simply getting groceries or scheduling appointments can be taxing for someone who has difficulty operating a telephone or navigating the internet."

According to Claypool, 1 in 5 individuals in the U.S. has a disability of some kind.
However, Claypool speculates that the number could be in the hundreds of thousands, considering that Amazon has sold more than 5 million of its Alexa-powered speakers, according to industry reports.
When he first heard about the Echo a year ago, Higgins was skeptical that its benefits would outweigh its nearly $200 cost, but when he researched more of the features last summer, he was sold. "I found out that it would read books with Amazon Audible and turn lights on, and with just those two things combined, I knew I had to have it," he says.
"The price of devices like these typically comes down, and functionality spreads and works its way into other devices," says Claypool.

Hilltop Bulletin - 2009 Symposium [cached]

In the final session of the day, Henry Claypool, Director of the Office on Disability at the US Department of Health and Human Services, reflected on the day's proceedings and offered thoughts and inspiration on policy directions for services to older adults and persons with disabilities that hold promise.

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