Michael Morris

Michael MorrisSenior Adviser, J.D.

Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Michael Morris, JD is the founder and Senior Strategic Advisor of National Disability Institute. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. He received his undergraduate degree in political science with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He serves as a subject matter expert on employment, economic advancement, financial inclusion and poverty reduction concerning youth and adults with disabilities to the FDIC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Reserve Board of Governors (FRB), IRS and US Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services. He was the first Kennedy Foundation Public Policy Fellow and worked in the office of Senator Lowell Weicker (CT).

In 2015, Mr. Morris helped establish the ABLE National Resource Center, a collaborative of 25 of the largest, national nonprofit disability organizations. The Center’s website is the leading independent source of information about state ABLE programs. In 2022, there are over 115,000 ABLE account owners with over $1 billion under investment.

In 2020, Mr. Morris was awarded the Ketchum Prize by the FINRA Foundation for his extraordinary leadership in creating a better economic future for people with disabilities through advocacy, research and education.

In 2021, Mr. Morris became a member of the core research team for the newly-funded National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. The Center is anchored at Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. He is leading knowledge translation activities, which include a new podcast series, “Let’s Get to Work: Reimagining Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy.”













  • Steven Mendelsohn, William N. Myhill, Michael Morris. Tax Subsidization of Personal Assistance Services.
  • Steven Mendelsohn, Michael Morris, William N. Myhill. (2011). State Household and Dependent Care Tax Credits to Support Personal Assistant Services. Commissioned by The RRTC: Center on Personal Assistance Services, San Francisco, CA.