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AACs' Katherine Yoder a D-30 Disability Impact List Honoree

July 31, 2023 / Adult Advocacy Centers

A blue gradient background with navy text has “The D-30 Disability Impact List” at the top centered above “2023 Honoree” which is in between two laurels. The words “Katherine Yoder, USA” are to the left of a picture of Katherine, which fills the right. Katherine is a White woman with brown hair pulled back. She is wearing a tan shirt, brown jacket, jewelry, glasses, and is smiling. At the bottom, “Diversability, #D30DisList.” fills the left corner.

The Adult Advocacy Centers are proud to announce that Katherine Yoder, our Executive Director, has been named a D-30 Disability Impact List Honoree for 2023. Katherine joins the ranks of other trailblazers across the globe who are advancing disability inclusion, leadership, and representation at all levels.

The 30 honorees were chosen from more than 270 nominations for 168 leaders across 12 countries. The list recognizes the unique accomplishments of the most impactful members of the disabled community worldwide. We are honored to have our work highlighted and are grateful to be listed among all the other amazing honorees. In recognizing her, Diversability says:

As a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Katherine has a deep understanding of the effects of inequitable justice for crime victims with disabilities, and created the Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs), a non-profit organization, to address this national problem. As people with disabilities are victimized by violent crime at significantly higher rates, the services offered by the AACs are vital to working towards an equitable pathway to justice for crime victims with disabilities. Resources created by the AACs include A Guidebook for Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities and A Resource Guidebook for Human Trafficking Victims and Survivors with Disabilities.

On May 4, 2023, Katherine created and coordinated a presentation about the need for specialized and disability-focused forensic interviews as an accommodation for crime victims with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please join us in congratulating Katherine and all of this year's honoress on this tremendous accomplishment.