C.E.O. and President
Patti has worked for people with disabilities for more than 30 years. In 1995, she co-founded Neighbours, Inc., an innovative non-profit organization created specifically to support people with disabilities and their families in choosing and designing a life for themselves within their local towns and neighborhoods. Patti is internationally recognized for her cutting edge leadership in designing and leading an organizational culture that is focused on working as partners with people and their families as they direct their own lives, homes, personal assistants, and funding. Patti has led Neighbours in developing Self-Directed options in Supported Living, Support Brokerage, Fiscal Intermediary Services, Support Coordination, and an Agency With Choice. She has consulted, and guided learning experiences, throughout the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Australia, and New Zealand.
Patti is a “passionate pragmatist”, deeply committed to assisting people in “figuring out” how people with disabilities can direct own lives, and find their place as valued contributing citizens and community members.
Patti is proud aunt to her 4 nieces and nephew, loves having her granddaughter Lily in her life, and shares her life with her husband (and collaborator) Dave Hasbury.
Jay is an Associate Clinical Professor for the Social Work School in the College for Public Programs, and serves as Project Director for the Alliance for Person-Centered Accessible Technologies (APAcT) at Arizona State University (ASU). Jay was the Director of the Initiative on Inclusive Communities at ASU from 2008-2010. For twenty years , Jay served as the Director of the Center for Housing and New Community Economics and the National Home of Your Own Alliance at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. Jay is widely respected for his ability to translate professional practices into everyday realities for people with disabilities and their families. He has authored and produced over forty-five articles, chapters, workbooks and videos on topics such as housing, supported living, homeownership, developing natural supports, community development, communication dynamics, and a training manual for homebuyers. As an educator, community organizer and author, he has worked on policy and practice related to the economic and social participation of people with disabilities in order to foster inclusion in their communities.