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ACCESS to Independence Announces New Executive Director


February 28, 2019

Jason Beloungy

After an extensive national search, the ACCESS to Independence Board of Directors has selected Jason Beloungy as the next Executive Director, effective March 1st, 2019. Jason succeeds ACCESS's long-term Executive Director, Dee Nash, who is retiring after 10 years of service!

Jason has spent the last 15 years in a variety of roles within the independent living movement. Since 2010, Jason has been the Assistant Director of ACCESS, where he has provided leadership for the services offered by the agency, as well as involvement in systemic change through advocacy, education, and collaboration. Previously, Jason was a Policy Analyst for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) in Washington, D.C. NCIL is the nation's longest-running, cross-disability grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Jason began his work in the movement as an Independent Living Specialist for Independent Living Resources in La Crosse, WI. Through a branch office in southwest Wisconsin, Jason led the center's disability advocacy efforts and provided independent living services.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Further, he has experience managing residential services, providing county mental health services, and working with youth in an institutional setting. Jason is open about his own mental health disability, and sees his lived experience as a strength and asset as the leader of south-central Wisconsin's consumer-controlled, cross-disability organization.

About ACCESS to Independence

ACCESS to Independence provides advocacy, resources, and services with people of any type of disability, and of all ages. ACCESS serves the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge and Green. ACCESS has over 50 percent of direct service staff, management and board members who are individuals with disabilities. For more information about ACCESS, go to, or call (608) 242-8484.


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