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MV grad named specialist with national disability agency
July 03, 2014


The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the president, Congress, and other federal officials on policies and programs affecting Americans with disabilities, has added Phoebe Ball to its team as its legislative affairs specialist. A Mount Vernon High School graduate, Ball is the daughter of Elaine Ball.

Ball comes to NCD from Disability Rights Florida (DRF), a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in Florida, where she was a staff attorney for the last seven years. At DRF, Ball regularly worked on Medicaid-related issues, including access to home- and community-based services, self-determination, and guardianship.

"The National Council on Disability is very excited to welcome Phoebe Ball aboard as our new legislative affairs specialist," said Anne Sommers, NCD's director of legislative affairs and outreach. "Phoebe's personal and professional experiences make her well positioned to bridge the gap between policy concepts and how policy plays out in real lives - a skill set we look forward to utilizing as the agency continues its important work with elected officials and their staff on Capitol Hill."

Prior to working in Florida, Ball worked for the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa on projects focused on advancing the economic, social and civic empowerment of people with disabilities. She has also long been active in the independent living movement, having worked for and been board chair of the Center for Independent Living in Iowa City.

As a person with Spina Bifida who is also the parent of a nine-year old daughter, Ball said she is thrilled to be joining NCD at a time when the council has focused significant and unprecedented attention on the concerns of parents with disabilities.

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