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Dave Whalen

David Whalen is the founder of Disability Awareness Training (DAT) and has spent nearly 15 years training and educating law enforcement, emergency responders, human service providers and other professionals in the key areas of disabilities as well as presenting to more than 500 audiences.

David has spent his entire working in the field of disabilities. He got his start as a Program Coordinator at the Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara (OUN), the largest not-for-profit intellectual and developmental disability organization in Niagara County, which provides programs and services to more than 800 families annually. David continued to rise in OUN, eventually becoming its Vice President of Program Operations, where he established ground-breaking programs that were recognized across the state. He also chaired OUN’s safety committee for seven years and developed their wellness program.

David chaired the Town of Amherst’s Committee on Disabilities, served as Chair of the Board for the Parent Network of WNY, served consecutive terms on the New York State Independent Living Council and is the Past President of the New York State Day Service Providers Association. David also serves on the Erie County (NY) Disability Advisory Board and was awarded the Advocate of the Year from Deaf Access Services of WNY in 2016.