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Ted Kennedy Jr.  

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. is an American lawyer and politician. He is a partner at Epstein Becker & Green. Son of late senator Ted Kennedy.

Since losing one of his legs to bone cancer in 1973 at the age of 12, Ted Kennedy, Jr., has devoted much of his professional and personal energy to working as an advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Kennedy has served as the executive director of Facing the Challenge, a non-profit advocacy and public policy office on disability-related issues, as a teaching fellow on disability policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and as an attorney fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities. In addition, he has worked extensively with both policy-makers and the corporate world in the areas of expanding job opportunities for people with disabilities.

Kennedy worked for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and served for four years on the Executive Committee of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. He served on the board of directors for the Special Olympics and is a member of the board of Very Special Arts, an international education and arts organization for people with disabilities. He has also served on the board of Connecticut’s Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, and serves as a board member of AAPD (American Association of Persons with Disabilities), a cross-disability civil rights and policy organization.

In addition to his work in the area of disability law, Kennedy also focuses on health care law, and advises numerous hospitals and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies on reimbursement and regulatory issues facing those industries. He is currently president of the Marwood Group, a boutique, healthcare-focused investment bank with an asset management division.

In 2009, Kennedy was named one of the Best Speakers of the Year by Eloqui Communications, for his moving eulogy for his father, Senator Ted Kennedy.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Kennedy spends much of his time studying environmental factors that lead to disease and disability. Since 1992, he has worked on the research faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine and as director of the New Haven Lead-Safe Home and Community Health Project, a comprehensive community-based initiative addressing pediatric lead poisoning, a leading cause of mental retardation.

Kennedy has lectured throughout the world about his experiences with cancer, his views about life with a disabling condition, the civil rights movement from a disability perspective, healthcare reform, and other related topics.

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