Knowledge Translation & Utilization Director
Michael Morris has over thirty (30) years of experience in research, knowledge translation, and systems change activities advancing employment and economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults across the full spectrum of disabilities. Morris received his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law and has served as a policy expert staff member for a state elected Representative in Georgia and for a U.S. Senator from Connecticut. He is a former legal counsel for the U.S Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy and the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee. He is the former Director of the state ARC in Georgia, United Cerebral Palsy Associations on a national level, and the founder of the National Disability Institute which has created foundational research findings on the impact of poverty on the financial behavior of people with disabilities. For over twenty (20) years he has led KT and research utilization activities through NIDLRR and other federally funded Centers related to employment policy, workforce development, poverty reduction, and assistive technology access and use. He has translated knowledge to action as a subject matter expert on disability employment policy for multiple federal agencies (U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, HHS, Treasury, and SSA).