PHIL ZUKAS earned his Bachelor of Arts in Special Education at Florida State University, and a Masters of Public Administration at Suffolk University in Boston. His thirty years as rehabilitation generalist, trainer, mentor and public advocate include work experience with nonprofit service providers, state agencies, focus groups and adult education. Phil’s recent involvements as a rehabilitation consultant include online access improvements to the city of New Bedford’s (MA) Web site, mentoring with job seekers through the Partners for Youth with Disabilities internship and careers program (Boston), and advisor to Suffolk University’s School of Universal Design special projects class.
His professional responsibilities on his current job at WORK Inc.’s AbilityOne Program are administration of compliance documentation, interaction with management teams, mediation and grievance procedures, and intake, retention and discharge protocols for protected employees. Phil has also developed and evolved a workshop series about wayfaring and travel training, to raise awareness about social and technological variants which can negatively impact pedestrian safety.
- Secretary, Mass. Commission for the Blind/State Rehabilitation Council; also Education & Employment Committee Chair, 2009-2014
- Vice President, Suffolk M.P.A. Student Association, May 2012-April 2013
- Co-chair, Mass. Employment NOW Coalition, 2009-2010
- Committee Member, Greater Boston Employment Collaborative/Jewish Vocational Services, Boston MA, 2009-11
- Case Manager of the Year 2009-National Professional Achievement Award, National Industries for the Severely Handicapped (NISH), Ability One Program
- Outstanding Employee of the Year 2008, The Carroll Society, Newton MA
- Vice-Chair, Massachusetts Disability Policy Consortium, 2005-09
- Board Member, Consumer Planning and Implementation Group, UMass Center for Health Policy and Research, 2003-06
- Member, Job Developers Networking Group, Institute for Community Inclusion, Boston MA, 2001-05
- Board Member, Tallahassee Alliance with Disability, Tallahassee FL, 1994-96