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National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

Dr. Susan M. Daniels

Dr. Susan M. Daniels is Deputy Commissioner for Disability and Income Security Programs at the Social Security Administration. She is responsible for the direction and policy governing the Social Security retirement, survivors, and disbility programs – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI.) She leads the policy and program management staff at SSA headquarters, Office of Hearings and Appeals, and a disability determination process in 54 state agencies with an administrative budget of more than $1 billion with over 11,000 employees. Dr. Daniels has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions in management and administration. She is a nationally recognized spokesperson and and opinion leader on disability policy. In roles ranging from teacher to administrator, from consultant to citizen, from researcher to public speaker, she has represented the true potential of people with disabilities and illuminated the barriers inhibiting their full independence, social integration and productive paticipation in American life.

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