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Lucy Wong Hernandez

Lucy Wong Hernandez

Email: Mrs. Wong Hernandez
Telephone: (662) 325-2495

Mrs. Lucy Wong Hernandez is currently an Instructor at the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, College of Education, Mississippi State University; previously she was the Director of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center for the Southeastern Region IV. Mrs. Lucy Wong Hernandez has extensive experience in the disability field as it relates to academics, disability rights advocacy, social policy and service provision for persons with disabilities. From 1996-2002, Mrs. Wong Hernandez was the Executive Director of Disabled Peoples' International (DPI). As the Executive Director of DPI, a non-governmental organization with consultative status with the United Nations, she contributed significantly to the inclusion of disability issues in the United Nations policy agendas; where she also promoted the protection of human rights and the equalization of opportunities for all persons with disabilities worldwide.

Mrs. Wong Hernandez has been involved in advocacy and leadership roles for many years, which lead to the improvement of local, state and federal laws and regulations that enhanced the quality of life and opportunities of people with disabilities in and nationally and internationally. She has been a promoter of the independent living philosophy for persons with disabilities worldwide and for the national inclusion of persons with disabilities from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the disability and advocacy fields as well as their participation in the provision of educational, vocational and employment services. Internationally, she has worked with multilateral projects such as improving disability related policies to ensure the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities; community based independent living, community integration projects and income generation projects.

In her role as International Executive Director of DPI, Mrs. Wong Hernandez collaborated with DPI's network of organizations of persons with disabilities in more than 160 countries in all world regions. Mrs. Wong Hernandez has been one of must active and effective contributor to the national and international disability awareness work. She received the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Award in 1990 attributed to her leadership role and contributions to the enactment of the ADA in the United States. In 1998, she was inducted to the National Hall of Fame of Persons with Disabilities for her notable work and contributions to the disability field nationally and worldwide. In 2000, she received the prestigious Liberty Bell Award from the Bar Association of Nassau County, New York, for her significant contribution to the furtherance of law and justice within the state of New York. She was singled out for this Award in recognition of her outstanding and far-reaching advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities in the community and internationally.

Mrs. Wong Hernandez has numerous articles on disability rights and leadership, cultural competence, advocacy and policy. She has a Masters Degree in Gerontology from Hofstra University, and doctoral studies in social welfare from Adelphi University, New York. She has taught at York College (CUNY), New York; Hofstra University, New York; the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii; East Carolina University, North Carolina, and most recently at Mississippi State University.