National Disability Institute
“Mentorship is about optimism and opportunity. It is about encouragement and empowerment. It is about changing thinking, beliefs and behavior. It is about learning from each other.”
We are proud to induct Michael Morris into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
Michael Morris, JD founded National Disability Institute, which has changed the narrative and perspective on advancing economic stability and financial inclusion for youth and adults with disabilities. He continues to serve as Senior Advisor to the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, which has supported students from multiple disciplines to participate in all facets of inclusive research that recognizes the importance of the voice and perspective of individuals with disabilities.
He received his undergraduate degree in political science with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the first Kennedy Foundation Public Policy Fellow and worked in the office of Senator Lowell Weicker (CT). He helped lead the passage of the Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014 and helped establish the ABLE National Resource Center. In 2020, Mr. Morris was awarded the Ketchum Prize by the FINRA Foundation for his extraordinary leadership in creating a better economic future for people with disabilities through advocacy, research, and education.