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Post Screening Panelist, The Ride Ahead

Bob Williams


Co-founder, CommunicationFIRST

Bob Williams (he/him) co-founded CommunicationFIRST in 2019, after retiring from a four-decade career in federal and state government and the nonprofit sector, most recently as Director of the U.S. Independent Living Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bob was HHS Secretary Donna Shalala’s principal advisor on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For over 60 years, Bob has relied on an array of AAC strategies, including a series of speech-generating devices over the past three decades.