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, reasonable job accommodations), and Social Security. 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.
After losing a job due to an accident, Cheryl dedicated her career to helping other people who can work but may need assistance or accommodations to be successful. Cheryl now has over eighteen years of experience working with people with disabilities and has conducted trainings for P&As and CAPs on substantive CAP/VR, TANF, and Social Security issues. She is adamant that work is the only route out of poverty and everyone should be able to find real work in the community.