Anita Aaron

Anita Shafer Aaron

Executive Director at World Institute on Disability

510 16Th St. Suite 100, Oakland, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(510) 763-4100

General Information


bachelor of science degreeUniversity of Tulsa

master - public administration and certificates , 


Advisor - California Consumer Protection Foundation

Board Member - Ed Roberts Campus

Advisory Board Member - Center on Technology and Disability

Honorary Advisory Board Member - US Business Leadership Network

Member - California Council of the Blind

Member, National Program Committee - American Foundation for the Blind

Member of the Blind Services Advisory Committee - the State Department of Rehabilitation

Member - National Federation of the Blind incorporated

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

Advisory Board Member - Western University of Health Sciences


Board Member - Curry Senior Center

Member - California Department of Rehabilitation

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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.

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