Valerie Novack is a nonresident fellow at American Progress. She is the 2019 Portlight Fellow for American Progress’ Disability Justice Initiative. Previously, Novack was a disability rights advocate working on state and local issues in housing, transportation, and public access. She partnered with grassroots and legislative partners on legislation, trainings, services, and conferences on topics important to access and inclusion of the disability community. She is an International Code Council-certified accessibility plans examiner, with a focus on accessible public facilities. Novack graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in disability studies and geography and urban planning. She earned her master’s degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management from Arkansas State University; she focused on the gaps present in preparedness and response efforts for people with disabilities, completing the study “Needs of Disabled Populations in Disaster Preparedness and Response” in 2018.

By Valerie Novack
10 Local Offices on the Ballot That Are Important to the Disability CommunityCenter for American ProgressOctober 30, 2020
Why Voting Matters for the Disability CommunityCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2020
Investing in Home and Community-Based Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Future DisastersCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2020
Centering the Disability and Aging Communities in Federal Emergency Response EffortsCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2020
The Trump Administration’s Deregulation of Nursing Homes Leaves Seniors and Disabled at Higher Risk for COVID-19Center for American ProgressApril 21, 2020
Preparations for the Next Pandemic Must Improve Resources for Those At Greater RiskCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2020
A Perfect StormCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2019
Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased SurveillanceCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2019