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Michael J. Carrasco
Works at City of Alexandria
Attended University of Texas at El Paso
Lives in Washington DC area
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The vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on ;the benefits and harms of screening for autism in young children. ;<br />
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When Kathy Phipps was relocated to a suburban Utah neighborhood after the storm, she was hailed by the media as an example of how the tragedy could become opportunity. But 10 years later, Kathy is ...
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Our identity has a neural basis and exists on a spectrum.
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Crisis Intervention Training helps officers respond to citizens with mental illness
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When Dr. Hector Granados arrived at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso in July 2014, he wanted to make a real difference in a community that is woefully underserved.
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Oxytocin and vasopressin affect trust and bonding.
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Two Texas Tech Professors are working to design clothing for children with autism and other kids who are sensitive to texture and noise. 
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Mental illness is a concept that has roused contention in society throughout the ages. From the dungeons to the chaise lounge, some people are still unsure of how to approach the topic.
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Affluent or poor, young people face many obstacles to receiving proper services — services that could prevent worse problems later in life, for them
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Parent * Advocate * Disney Enthusiast *
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Public Policy, Government, Management
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  • City of Alexandria
    Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee Member, 2015 - present
    Member of an advisory committee to the local School Board whose scope of work is on budget process issues, the content of the operating and capital improvement budgets, alternative financing of school projects, revenue sharing, and provide a draft of recommended revisions to policies governing the budget process.
  • Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities
    Board Member, 2014 - present
    Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffee to Virginia’s development disabilities council responsible for promoting and guiding public policy changes that impact individuals with disabilities.
  • Virginia Special Education Advisory Committee
    Member, 2011 - 2014
    Appointed by the Virginia State Board of Education to advisory committee responsible for the formulation and development of long-range plans to provide services to students with disabilities. Led subcommittee focused on the concerns of recruitment and retention of special education teachers and related service providers.
  • Examiner.com
    DC Disney Traveler, 2011 - 2014
    Regional content provider focused on developing online content on current news, travel tips and topics for enthusiast who vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Examiner.com
    DC Disabilty Examiner, 2009 - 2010
    Regional content provider focused on developing online content on issues impacting the disability community in the areas of education, housing, civil rights and transportation.
  • Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities
    Chair, Education Committee, 2007 - 2010
    Appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to Virginia’s development disabilities council responsible for promoting and guiding public policy changes that impact individuals with disabilities. Led subcommittee focused on developing policies, positions and initiatives intended to enhance the delivery of disability services in schools and other educational institutions. • Served on Medicaid Waiver Task Force at the request of the Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to work with other disability advocates and agency representatives to develop a Medicaid Waiver for Autism Services for funding consideration by the Governor of Virginia.
  • United States Senate
    Various positions, 1994 - 2003
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Washington DC area
Previously
El Paso, Texas - Ruiodso, New Mexico
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Management - it's about human beings building sustainable communities.
Introduction

For the past 20 years, I have called the Washington DC metro area home and in that time, I have not had a traditional career path.  The road I have traveled has taken me to a variety of challenging experiences in Federal and state government, nonprofits and the private sector.  I have served 3 U.S. Senators and 1 U.S. Federal Judge helped set up the DC office of one of the leading global digital forensics firm; co-founded a political action committee concerned about people with disabilities in Virginia; was on online content provider for Examiner.com, writing about issues impacting people with disabilities and traveling to Walt Disney World; have been appointed by 3 different Virginia Governors to positions in state government.  Over the years, Federal laws impacting the lives of those with disabilities have helped shaped an extensive network of services impacting just about every aspect - telecommunications, housing, transportation, voting, civil rights, education and even architectural standards for the construction of buildings – and I have been fortunate to serve on 4 of those 7 state-wide panels that participate in helping to shape policies and advocate for needed reforms or services for people with disabilities:

  1. Developmental Disability Councils
  2. Mental Health Planning and Advocacy Councils
  3. Special Education Advisory Panels
  4. Parent Training and Information Centers

I am always learning from the people around me and I keep my eyes and ears open to find that my leadership style improves as I work during difficult situations with great people.  What's next?  Let's find out!

Education
  • University of Texas at El Paso
    Political Science, 1987 - 1992
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