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Vanessa Rastovic

ACHIEVA/The Arc of Gr. Pittsburgh/Disability Healthcare Initiative

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ACHIEVA/The Arc of Gr. Pittsburgh/Disability Healthcare Initiative

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Vanessa Rastovic is the Policy Manager of ACHIEVA’s Disability Healthcare Initiative.  She has a BA in Sociology, a JD in Law, and is admitted to the bar to practice law in her home-state, IA.  She has over 30 years’ experience supporting our friends and neighbors who are underserved in both the public/governmental relations and legal fields.  She was a grantee of the National Science Foundation, accepted to the Law Review, and earned Excellence awards in Administrative Law.  Before being admitted to the bar, she managed public relations for a non-profit, presenting to hundreds of audiences from small class rooms to auditoria and has provided multiple interviews in both print and broadcast media.  She has written and published numerous articles on various topics. She also Chaired the Girls’ Juvenile Justice and Gender Equity Committees and served on the board of the Women’s Resource Center.  Growing up with disabilities has offered her a unique experience and perspective on many of the struggles our underserved friends live with, which lead her to work at Iowa Legal Aid practicing Administrative Law.   While at Legal Aid, she began working with the Low-Income Taxpayer clinic at which she continued pro bono after leaving Legal Aid.  She went on to manage a retail tax practice in Pittsburgh however, found little reward and returned to non-profit work as the Policy Manager of Disability Healthcare Initiative (DHI), The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA.  At the DHI she works with national and state leaders to improve healthcare access and health outcomes for Pennsylvanians experiencing disabilities—especially in the oral health field.