Stacy Hart is an ADA Trainer, Information and Outreach Specialist for IHCD's New England ADA Center. Stacy sees her work as a continuation of making our communities more accessible and inclusive of everyone.
Previously at Boston Center for Independent Living, Stacy worked with youth and adults with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to help them to achieve their education and independent living goals. She specialized in explaining the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), helping parents through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, and assisting with transition services for high school students. Transition-age youth hold a special heart because successful transition from high school to college or employment is critical to increasing an individual's independence and she fervently believes each person has the right to contribute to their community based on their unique experiences and skill set. As such, Stacy has worked to increase employment opportunities for young people with disabilities as well as guiding individuals through the maze of benefits, helping people to navigate the intersection of those benefits and employment or continued education.
Originally from Kansas (Kansas State motto, "To the stars through difficulty"), Stacy moved to Boston and received a master's degree in organization and corporate communication from Emerson College. She was also selected as one of American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)'s Fred Fay Young Leaders and has participated in various National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) projects. In her free time, Stacy enjoys reading, films, travel, and outdoor activity, especially with her dog, Diesel.