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WID Welcomes New Executive Director Anita Shafer Aaron

The World Institute on Disability (WID) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Shafer Aaron as Executive Director. Aaron replaces Kathy Martinez who left WID earlier this year to accept a position in the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Labor's Office on Disability Employment Policy.

In joining WID, Aaron concludes nearly twenty years of service as Executive Director/CEO of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in San Francisco. The LightHouse mission includes advocacy, information, education, services and programs focused on adjustment to and living with vision loss.

"I am committed to WID's mission of economic independence for people with disabilities worldwide and am privileged to have the opportunity to join the leadership of such a worthy organization," said Aaron.

Under Aaron's leadership, WID plans to strengthen its role in defining and promoting accessible health care, addressing barriers to economic inclusion of people with disabilities, and working internationally to increase access to services, training and education and involvement in peace-building and conflict resolution initiatives.