Robert E. (Bob) Michaels
Bob Michaels has worked in the field of disability since 1972. He developed and implemented programs in mental health and developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania and Arizona, respectively. Since 1984, he has worked in independent living as a center director, consultant, and trainer, assisting both on-site and through a variety of distance-learning technologies. He provides training and technical assistance to the field, oversees research efforts on the management and administration of centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils, and writes articles and briefs on a variety of related topics.
Mr. Michaels has considerable experience advocating for both federal and state legislation promoting civil rights, services, and independent living programs for persons with disabilities. Since 1995, he has worked as a private consultant and trainer from his home in Tempe, AZ, and serves on the Arizona Governor’s Statewide Independent Living Council. Prior to his current activities, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Resources, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA, for four years. He also served as director of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living in Phoenix for seven years.