About Us

ACCSES is an elite network of over 1,200 organizations that provide exceptional services to people with disabilities across the United States.  Our work empowers and supports individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential through self-determination.  ACCSES amplifies the voices of these individuals at the highest levels of government.  Our advocacy efforts resonate throughout the halls of Congress, executive agencies, and the White House.


Mission

ACCSES impacts public policy, which enables members to provide a full array of services, supports, and choices for individuals with disabilities.
 

Vision

All individuals with disabilities have access to a full array of quality support and service options.


Core Values
  • Respect the Dignity of Choice
  • Promote Independence and Self-Sufficiency
  • Protect Equality of Opportunity and Full Participation for every Individual
  • Commit to High Expectations with Practical Solutions
  • Lead and Support Member Driven Advocacy





Our Success is Accomplished Through Ongoing Advocacy Initiatives that Matter
  1. Delivering a strong and experienced voice for public policy
  2. Building relationships with policymakers
  3. Collecting and assessing key information that directly impacts disability service providers
  4. Leveraging the collective efforts of our members to enhance the quality and types of services benefiting people with disabilities
  5. Influencing national policies and legislation so that our unified vision and voice for Disability Service Providers remains clear and strong

Contact Us

Mailing Address and Main Contact
ACCSES | 1501 M Street NW, 7th Floor | Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202.349.4259 | Fax: 202.785.1756

Media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Romero at MRomero@hqtrs.com or 502.574.9036.  In addition, ACCSES provides journalists and editors with assistance in referencing background information, setting up interviews with disability service providers, securing press materials, and checking facts.



Your ACCSES Team


Terry R. Farmer

President & Chief Executive Officer
trfarmer@accses.org


Terry volunteered for the United States Air Force and was recruited for aviation duty. After being honorably discharged, he went on to complete two years of postgraduate work in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida.  He completed his clinical internship at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Through the University, he was placed at Sunland Training Center in Orlando, Florida to gain experience working with individuals with complex and severe disabilities.  He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida State University.  There he received executive development training in business administration and political science.  Terry’s work experience includes positions in direct service, behavior analysis (State of Florida Certified), program administration, executive management, and policy analysis in the fields of disabilities and human services.  He has administered programs of residential care and treatment, diagnosis and evaluation, and community placement of people with severe developmental disabilities and mental illness.  He has worked in public institutions, community development, and positions of state policy and client programs in Florida since 1975.  Terry accepted a position with the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities in 1990 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of this statewide public education and trade organization in 1991.  He served in that capacity through December 2008. While there, Mr. Farmer achieved a 40% increase in the number of employment opportunities created for persons with disabilities (over 1600 jobs) and a 650% increase in revenues through the sale of commodities and services produced by people with disabilities.  Terry accepted the position of ACCSES CEO in April 2011.



Kate McSweeny
Vice President of Government Affairs
& General Counsel
KMcSweeny@accses.org


Kate leads ACCSES’s national advocacy efforts, including legislative and regulatory policy and member advocacy.  Prior to joining ACCSES in May 2016, Kate practiced law at the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke (now Norton Rose Fulbright) and Dilworth Paxson in Washington, D.C., while also teaching 22 semesters of legal research and writing as an adjunct law professor.  Kate’s pre-law career was spent in the broadcasting industry, including many years as Vice President of Programming and Development for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta.  Kate moved to Virginia in 1996 to take an executive position at America Online, and later had a successful consulting practice in broadcasting and media.  Kate is a magna cum laude graduate of George Mason University School of Law (2004), and a cum laude graduate of Boston College (1980).  Kate has served on several boards including the Historical Society of the Courts of the D.C. Circuit board, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre board (secretary), the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association board (president), and the George Mason University Alumni Association board (vice president of advocacy).


Sarah Saar
Sarah Saar
Director of Operations

ssaar@accses.org

Sarah Saar joined the ACCSES team in July 2020 as the Director of Operations. She is a veteran member of the FSA team.  She along with President/CEO Terry Farmer and Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel, Kate McSweeny, along with support from other FSA employees will serve as the ACCSES team. Sarah has worked with many associations and has experience with FSA events, including annual conferences, regional networking meetings, culinary competitions, webinars, and virtual round tables and has participated in numerous strategic planning sessions.  In addition to working for FSA, Sarah has worked for a chapter of the Spina Bifida Association, performed private healthcare consulting, and worked for an international consulting company.  Sarah is a graduate of Ferrum College in Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts.


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ACCSES

About Us

ACCSES is an elite network of over 1,200 organizations that provide exceptional services to people with disabilities across the United States.  Our work empowers and supports individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential through self-determination.  ACCSES amplifies the voices of these individuals at the highest levels of government.  Our advocacy efforts resonate throughout the halls of Congress, executive agencies, and the White House.


Mission

ACCSES impacts public policy, which enables members to provide a full array of services, supports, and choices for individuals with disabilities.
 

Vision

All individuals with disabilities have access to a full array of quality support and service options.


Core Values
  • Respect the Dignity of Choice
  • Promote Independence and Self-Sufficiency
  • Protect Equality of Opportunity and Full Participation for every Individual
  • Commit to High Expectations with Practical Solutions
  • Lead and Support Member Driven Advocacy





Our Success is Accomplished Through Ongoing Advocacy Initiatives that Matter
  1. Delivering a strong and experienced voice for public policy
  2. Building relationships with policymakers
  3. Collecting and assessing key information that directly impacts disability service providers
  4. Leveraging the collective efforts of our members to enhance the quality and types of services benefiting people with disabilities
  5. Influencing national policies and legislation so that our unified vision and voice for Disability Service Providers remains clear and strong

Contact Us

Mailing Address and Main Contact
ACCSES | 1501 M Street NW, 7th Floor | Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202.349.4259 | Fax: 202.785.1756

Media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Romero at MRomero@hqtrs.com or 502.574.9036.  In addition, ACCSES provides journalists and editors with assistance in referencing background information, setting up interviews with disability service providers, securing press materials, and checking facts.



Your ACCSES Team


Terry R. Farmer

President & Chief Executive Officer
trfarmer@accses.org


Terry volunteered for the United States Air Force and was recruited for aviation duty. After being honorably discharged, he went on to complete two years of postgraduate work in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida.  He completed his clinical internship at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Through the University, he was placed at Sunland Training Center in Orlando, Florida to gain experience working with individuals with complex and severe disabilities.  He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida State University.  There he received executive development training in business administration and political science.  Terry’s work experience includes positions in direct service, behavior analysis (State of Florida Certified), program administration, executive management, and policy analysis in the fields of disabilities and human services.  He has administered programs of residential care and treatment, diagnosis and evaluation, and community placement of people with severe developmental disabilities and mental illness.  He has worked in public institutions, community development, and positions of state policy and client programs in Florida since 1975.  Terry accepted a position with the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities in 1990 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of this statewide public education and trade organization in 1991.  He served in that capacity through December 2008. While there, Mr. Farmer achieved a 40% increase in the number of employment opportunities created for persons with disabilities (over 1600 jobs) and a 650% increase in revenues through the sale of commodities and services produced by people with disabilities.  Terry accepted the position of ACCSES CEO in April 2011.



Kate McSweeny
Vice President of Government Affairs
& General Counsel
KMcSweeny@accses.org


Kate leads ACCSES’s national advocacy efforts, including legislative and regulatory policy and member advocacy.  Prior to joining ACCSES in May 2016, Kate practiced law at the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke (now Norton Rose Fulbright) and Dilworth Paxson in Washington, D.C., while also teaching 22 semesters of legal research and writing as an adjunct law professor.  Kate’s pre-law career was spent in the broadcasting industry, including many years as Vice President of Programming and Development for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta.  Kate moved to Virginia in 1996 to take an executive position at America Online, and later had a successful consulting practice in broadcasting and media.  Kate is a magna cum laude graduate of George Mason University School of Law (2004), and a cum laude graduate of Boston College (1980).  Kate has served on several boards including the Historical Society of the Courts of the D.C. Circuit board, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre board (secretary), the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association board (president), and the George Mason University Alumni Association board (vice president of advocacy).


Sarah Saar
Sarah Saar
Director of Operations

ssaar@accses.org

Sarah Saar joined the ACCSES team in July 2020 as the Director of Operations. She is a veteran member of the FSA team.  She along with President/CEO Terry Farmer and Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel, Kate McSweeny, along with support from other FSA employees will serve as the ACCSES team. Sarah has worked with many associations and has experience with FSA events, including annual conferences, regional networking meetings, culinary competitions, webinars, and virtual round tables and has participated in numerous strategic planning sessions.  In addition to working for FSA, Sarah has worked for a chapter of the Spina Bifida Association, performed private healthcare consulting, and worked for an international consulting company.  Sarah is a graduate of Ferrum College in Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts.