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Gretchen Thatcher, B.A, J.D

Gretchen Thatcher, B.A, J.D

Independent Living Specialist

Gretchen has a political science degree from Central Washington University and a law degree from the University of Utah before deciding that she wanted to help people in a different way. Since 2000, she has been putting her advocacy skills to work on behalf of her CWDR consumers. As an independent living specialist, Gretchen helps people with disabilities become more independent. She often assists people in applying for SSDI or SSI, finding low-income housing, setting up budgets, learning how to find and manage personal assistants, and achieving any other goals they have chosen. Her other specialties include transitioning nursing home residents to community-based living, and teach people how to use the disability accessible voting machine. As a quadriplegic, Gretchen has a first-hand understanding of the challenges that many CWDR participants face. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband.

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