Manushri Desai

Manushri Desai is a junior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Science in public policy and a minor in health care studies. In her work with the Roosevelt Network, United Nations, TEDxUSC, and Voice of Specially Abled People, she hopes to catalyze positive change by addressing the growing need for public policy research and advocacy. Her interests include disability rights activism, public policy research, and wildlife photography.

In the past two decades, equal opportunities for people with disabilities (PWDs) have been outlined and guaranteed through two federal acts: the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Intended to increase access to high-quality workforce services and preparation for competitive integrated employment, these federal acts set precedent for