Disabilities Network Names
Alberta Orr New Executive Director
Orr Brings 30 Years Experience to Big Apple Advocacy
We are pleased to announce that the Disabilities Network of NYC has hired Alberta L. Orr as Executive Director. Alberta brings with her nearly 30 years of experience in aging and disabilities, primarily in the vision rehabilitation field -- most recently 20 years at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), where she worked with individuals with multiple disabilities.
Prior to her work at AFB, Alberta served as the Executive Director of the East Bronx Council on Aging, where she doubled the agency budget in two years.
Alberta’s career has focused on collaboration, creating partnerships and coalition building at the national level. She formed the National Aging and Vision Network and carried out a seven year project, the National Agenda on Vision and Aging involving 141 professionals and consumers from across the country. She is also an effective advocate and lobbyist for issues at the forefront of the disability arena.
Alberta is known nationally and internationally for her five books, nearly 30 articles and book chapters and presentations related to aging, vision loss and rehabilitation.
Alberta has served as adjunct faculty with Hunter College since 1994 and most recently provided distance education courses in rehabilitation at Florida State University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
She has served as a two-time delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. She represents North America on the Committee on the Elderly of the World Blind Union.
Please join me in welcoming Alberta to the Disabilities Network. We are certain she will serve the Disabilities Network with distinction. She looks forward to meeting all of you at Network meetings and speaking to you by phone.
Chairman of the Board