Madeleine Will, Director of the Policy Center
Madeleine Will has been an advocate for people with disabilities for three decades.
has led efforts to establish services nationally for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
In addition, she
has promoted the concept of inclusive general education classrooms for students with disabilities and helped and to create transition and supported employment programs.
In 2004, Ms. Will was named Director of the National Policy Center of the National Down Syndrome Society.
From 2002 to 2006, Mrs. Will was Chairperson of the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID).
The PCPID is a Federal Advisory Committee
whose members are appointed by the President of the United States
From 1989 to 1997, Mrs. Will worked as director of Childlink International, a nonprofit focused on developing community-based services and supports to people with disabilities in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria.
In 1983, Mrs. Will was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).
She assumed responsibility for management of three principal components of the DOE: Office of Special Education, the Rehabilitative Services Administration, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
In 2004, Ms. Will
received the Presidential Award for Moral and Policy Leadership from the American Association for Mental Retardation
has received many other professional honors and special awards, including: The ARC "IDEA Hero Award"; Smith College Medal (1989); Temple University Outstanding Educator Award (1987); Federal Management Award (1986); U.S. Department of Education
Secretary's Special Citation (1984).
Ms. Will received a B.A. in history from Smith College.
She also pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto and has an M.A. in history.
is the parent of three children.
son, Jonathan, has Down syndrome