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National Council on Disability Announces Speakers for ADA Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

NCD #06-513
July 11, 2006 

WASHINGTON—The National Council on Disability (NCD) and its federal partners today announced speakers and panelists for its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Town Hall Meeting.

Date and time:

July 26, 2006
9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


National Press Club
National Press Building
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC.


Lex Frieden, Chairperson, National Council on Disability

Gordon Mansfield, Deputy Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

Panels and Panelists:

Equality of Opportunity and Full Participation

John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
Loretta King, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Sharon D. Eller, Director, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of the Interior
Dan Sutherland, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  
Gary Talbot, Member, U.S. Access Board
Thomas Chandler, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission;
Gina Semenza, Chair, NCD Youth Advisory Committee

Independent Living

Olegario D. Cantos VII, Esq., Associate Director on Disabilities, Domestic Policy Council, White House
Kim Kendrick, Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  
Tyler Duvall, Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation  
Margaret J. Giannini, M.D., F.A.A.P., Director, Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
Bobby Coward, Member, NCD Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee
Betsy Valnes, Executive Director, National Youth Leadership Network

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Cari M. Dominguez, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  
W. Roy Grizzard, Jr., Ed.D., Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor  
Martin H. Gerry, Deputy Commissioner, Disability and Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration  
Berthy De la Rosa-Aponte, Chair, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration  
Rebecca Hare, Project Coordinator, National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth, Institute for Educational Leadership      
Djuna Parmley Mitchell, Consumer Legal Affairs, ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc.

This town hall meeting is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required.

For more information, please contact Mark S. Quigley at 202-272-2004 or 202-272-2074 TTY.

Note: At the conclusion of the ADA Town Hall Meeting, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., and Health and Human Services Office on Disability Director Margaret Giannini, M.D., F.A.A.P. will unveil both a companion “People’s Piece” to The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities and the Agenda for Action to achieve the goals of the Call to Action.

The “People’s Piece,” designed with health literacy in mind, not only provides basic information about disability and theCall to Action, but also articulates how persons with disabilities, other private citizens, health care providers, advocates, and family members can work together to enable persons with disabilities to achieve improved availability of access to healthcare services.  The Agenda for Action identifies specific ways in which public and private partners can join together to help make the goals of the Call to Action a reality for 54 million Americans with disabilities.

WHEN:            1:00–2:00 p.m., July 26, 2006

WHERE:          13th floor Ballroom
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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