North Texas Disability Chamber names first president, CEO

Disabilities advocate Dylan Rafaty // photo Steven Jeffers
Disabilities advocate Dylan Rafaty // photo Steven Jeffers
Dylan Rafaty has been named the nonprofit's first president and CEO. He has served as board chair since the chamber's inception in 2020.

The North Texas Disability Chamber, a nonprofit based in Plano, has named Dylan Rafaty as its first president and CEO.

Rafaty has served as chairman of the North Texas Disability Chamber (NTXDC) since its founding in 2020, where he has introduced new programs, brought over $100,000 to the chamber and created community events and programs across the 28 county North Texas region.

“The Board is honored to welcome Dylan as the organization’s first president and CEO,” Board Vice Chair Kellie Best said. “Dylan’s ability to be accessible, easy to communicate with and has a clear vision and commitment to represent the entire disability community.”

Though currently a Frisco resident, Rafaty is a Planoite through and through, and is a proud graduate of the special education program at Plano ISD, an associate’s graduate of Collin College, a master’s graduate from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing an educational doctorate at the University of Southern California.

The North Texas Disability Chamber is born out of DylanListed Connect, a consulting company that provided individuals and families with guidance on employment, housing, transportation and training. Now, NTXDC is the fifth disability focused chamber in the nation and the fourth in Texas.

The chamber aims to “promote a more cohesive, transparent, informed, regional, member-based, cross-disability community via events and education hosted at accessible locations across North Texas.”

“Dylan’s mission is to increase opportunities by opening new doors so everyone can have an overall better quality of life,” the chamber said in a news release. “Because of this, Dylan’s successes include bringing innovative ideas to the table, establishing strategic partnerships, and building alliances to create systemic change within communities and organizations.”

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