Feb 042009

From JFA, Contributed by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services:

Two Prominent Members of the Disability Community will Serve as Special Advisors to the President

At the Disability Pride and Power pre-Inaugural ball, it was announced that Kareem Dale would become a Special Advisor to President Obama on disability issues. We heard later that noted expert in Disability Studies Paul Steven Miller would be playing a role in helping the Obama Administration to ensure that people with disabilities will be well represented in positions within the Administration.

Tony Coelho, former United States congressman from California, primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act,  current chair of the Epilepsy Foundation’s national board of directors and a lead organizer of the Ball is also playing an active role in advancing disability interests and hires within the Administration.

Finally, note that the new Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison Michael Strautmanis is known to be very sensitive to disability issues, as referenced in a Washington Post Op Ed he authored last year.

– Thanks to NVRC, Fairfax