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Terry Lynch is the Owner of Strategies for Independent Aging LLC. He has been advancing the independent living cause since 1977, when he served as assistant to the Director of the White House Conference on individuals with disabilities. He then managed a federal disability rights program and had a key role in developing what is now the National Disability Rights Network.
Prior to his involvement with the White House Conference, Terry participated in government initiatives to improve education opportunities for low-income children and remove barriers to school desegregation in Southern school districts
In 1980 Terry received a federal government award for initiating disability rights projects in minority communities. In 1985 the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems honored him with an award for his work in promoting the civil rights of people with disabilities.
Terry left Washington, D.C. in 1985 to establish his consulting and public speaking business in Racine, Wisconsin. He soon began living his work. Terry helped his mother remain at home for the next ten years, in spite of significant medical problems and a memory disorder that stole her ability to manage daily life.
Through this illuminating personal experience and his work with other families, Terry learned that we have more control over the quality of our lives as we age than we realize. His business is devoted to helping frail elders, people with disabilities, and their families maintain this control.
Terry is involved in state and national initiatives to develop “self-directed” in-home services. He also serves on the Racine County Commission on Aging and Board of the Aging and Disability Resource Center. He is a member of the Kenosha County Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance.
In 2006, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle appointed Terry to the state Board on Aging and Long-Term Care. He is a member of the Executive Council of AARP-Wisconsin and the Board of Care Wisconsin First.
His essay on making informed long-term care decisions is featured on the web site of the PBS documentary, “Almost Home.”