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Jay Klein

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Jay Klein has extensive knowledge in the area of inclusion and disability. He began his ASU career as the director of the Initiative on Inclusive Communities in 2008, and he currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Social Work School in the College for Public Programs at Arizona State University. He came to ASU after nearly twenty years at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, where he served as the Director of the Center for Housing and New Community Economics and the National Home of Your Own Alliance.

Professor Klein’s background in administering projects that focus on state and federal policy analysis, model demonstration, technical assistance, research, and interdisciplinary training has deepened his knowledge of and experience with issues that affect people with disabilities to live in and be included in their communities. Specifically, he was Co-principal Investigator on a three-year field initiated research project funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation. In addition, he has served as Principle Investigator on numerous projects including a three-year grant and five-year project of National Significance on Homeownership funded as a cooperative agreement by the Administration for Developmental Disabilities (ADD); two one-year Fannie Mae Corporate Contribution fund awards; three multiple-year sub-contracts funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and a two-year sub-contract funded by Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Klein is an international leader and educator in efforts to include people with disabilities in the mainstream of community life. He has in-depth knowledge of and experience with financial, policy and programmatic issues that affect the ability of people with disabilities to accumulate assets to live in communities. He is widely respected for his ability to translate professional practices into everyday realities for people with disabilities and their families.

Teaching in Universities for three decades, he has authored and produced over forty-five articles, chapters, workbooks and videos on inclusion; supported living; homeownership; natural supports; community development; communication dynamics; and a training manual for homebuyers. Since 1985, he has presented extensively to international and national audiences and has provided technical assistance to individuals, families, agencies, and policy makers on supporting people with disabilities to live in and be included in their communities. He provided expert testimony to Congress’ Subcommittee on Regulation, Business Opportunities and Technology and served as an expert witness in the Jackson v. Fort Stanton lawsuit in Federal district court.

As an educator, investigator, community organizer and author, he has worked on policy and practice related to the economic and social participation of people with disabilities in order to foster inclusion in their communities.