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Disability & Special Populations

Support Across the Lifespan

The ML Strategies’ cross-disciplinary team is experienced with and has a deep understanding of the complex challenges of working with vulnerable populations. We work on a variety of matters affecting people with disabilities and special populations across health, education, employment, and long-term care. ML Strategies offers policy, regulatory, and strategic advice on these issues to clients including nonprofit organizations, educational entities, health care systems, and health insurers. Because of our extensive experience, we are able to ensure that clients are able to get the services they need in one place. Our diverse expertise in these areas allow us to work with clients to achieve outcomes across policy, funding and systemic issues related to special populations.


Service Areas

Our Approach

We utilize bipartisan, integrated strategies at the local, state, and federal level, based on the development of a collaborative work plan with clients. We establish long- and short-term goals to ensure that we set and follow a clear path forward, monitor our progress, and meet the goals of our clients. It is through this approach that we are able to work with clients who need assistance navigating issues related to disability, special needs, and broader health matters.

Disability Focus Areas


  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Education and early childhood development
  • Head Start
  • Higher education
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Assistive technology
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) implementation
  • Career and technical education

Health Care

  • Opioid and addiction issues
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • The Ryan White HIV/AIDS legislation
  • The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
  • Long-term services and supports
Key Experience
  • Past Policy Director for Disability and Special Populations to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee
  • Past Member of Congress from State of New Hampshire

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