Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist
Cheryl Bates-Harris’s responsibilities involve training and implementation of the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security program. She has extensive experience and expertise in the Client Assistance Program (CAP), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), return-to-work issues (including job placement, Supported Employment, and job [reasonable] accommodations), and Social Security – including the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. To this end, she was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Committee. Cheryl has also worked in coalition with national groups on issues around Workforce Investment and the development of ‘One-Stops,’ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Welfare to Work, and other employment-related initiatives. Cheryl has over eighteen years of experience working with people with disabilities and has conducted trainings for P&As and CAP on substantive CAP/VR, TANF, and Social Security issues.