(Bismarck, ND) Brenda Ruehl, has been named the new Program Director with the ND Protection & Advocacy Project (P&A). Brenda has served P&A as a Disabilities Advocate in the Fargo region for ten years. Ruehl holds a special interest and expertise in education and community inclusion issues.
Brenda has a degree from Moorhead State University and has spent much of her career in the disability field advocating for individual rights and access to inclusive services. She has held several senior management positions with disability provider agencies and a center for independent living. P&A believes this knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to the agency and clients served.
Brenda also has a history of success in systemic and collaborative work. She currently represents P&A on the State IDEA Advisory Committee, various task forces, and is a relationship builder in many settings.
In her new role, Brenda will be taking on supervising disabilities advocates, as well as additional administrative and systemic projects. Brenda is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities in North Dakota and is excited for opportunities to continue her work in this new position. Ruehl notes, “Advocacy is collaboration, thinking out of the box to problem solve and always protecting the rights, dreams and hopes of those we serve.”
P&A is the leading civil rights organization for people with disabilities in North Dakota. P&A is a federally mandated, independent state agency established in 1977 to advance the human and legal rights of people with disabilities. P&A’s mission is to champion the equality and inclusion of people with disabilities where we live, work, and play.