LEAD PEOPLE David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University
David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and Full Professor in the School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
In January, Dr. Mank was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to serve on a new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities and has written or co-written numerous articles and book chapters. His interest also includes a focus on the transition of youth with disabilities from school to employment and community living.
Says Dr. Mank, “I believe the greatest opportunity to advance integrated community employment is doing transition from school to work the right way. We know that job experiences before age 21 are associated with better employment outcomes later in life. Every student in secondary education or post-secondary education also needs real community work experience.”
He adds, “The future of employment of people with disabilities will improve if, and only if, we align policy and funding structures with employment outcomes.”
Dr. Mank has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and is Past President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Dr. Mank was a founding board member of APSE - The Network on Employment, and a recipient of the Franklin Smith Award for National Distinguished Service from The Arc of the United States and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disability.