Michael K. Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Dept. of Education, will deliver the keynote address to the graduates of Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf at their Commencement ceremony at noon Saturday, May 24, in the Ritter Arena on the RIT campus.
“We are honored to have Acting Assistant Secretary Yudin come to the RIT/NTID campus and share his knowledge and experience with our 180 graduates,” said Dr. Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “I look forward to introducing the Secretary to our campus and sharing with him the successes we have experienced as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of NTID.”
Yudin’s remarks will focus on the theme “Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity.”
He serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary of Education on matters related to the education of children and youth with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youth and adults with disabilities. The mission of his office is to provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by promoting inclusion, ensuring equity, and creating opportunities for people with disabilities.
Yudin also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role, he helped lead the formulation and development of policy designed to promote academic excellence and ensure equitable opportunities for educationally disadvantaged students in K-12 education. Yudin served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education from June 2011 to May 2012.
Prior to joining the Department, Yudin spent nine years in the United States Senate, serving as legislative director for Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, senior counsel to Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and HELP Committee counsel to Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont. In these roles, he assisted in developing, promoting, and advancing a comprehensive legislative agenda related to education, children and families, disabilities, and poverty. Working for senior Members of the HELP Committee, Yudin helped draft, negotiate, and pass various pieces of legislation, including the No Child Left Behind Act, and IDEA 2004. He also worked on the reauthorizations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Head Start, the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006, and the Higher Education Act.
Before joining the Senate, Yudin served as an attorney at the Social Security Administration and at the U.S. Department of Labor for nearly ten years. In these positions, he provided legal advice on various policy initiatives, including social security, disability, employment, and welfare reform. He also served as director of employment policy for two leading national disability organizations: the ARC of the United States and United Cerebral Palsy.
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