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WSU professor wins national award for advancing disability issues

Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

Julie Williams, WSU professor.
Julie Williams, WSU professor.

Wright State University professor Julie Williams has won a prestigious national award for advancing disability issues in psychology and beyond.

Williams received the Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues Award from the American Psychological Association during the organization’s convention in August.

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The award recognizes association members who have had significant and enduring scientific, professional, educational, mentoring, leadership or political impact in advancing the role of psychological principles to enhance the lives of and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, according to WSU.

As a member of the disability community, Williams fights for full inclusion and speaks professionally on disability issues, locally, nationally and internationally.

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In 2014, Williams helped organize the national Association of Women in Psychology conference, which drew more than 400 professional psychologists and others from around the country, according to Wright State.

“I hope people walk away understanding that women with disabilities have a voice, that their voices are strong and proud, and perhaps, most importantly, that we make the world a better place,” Williams said at the time.