From AAPD (3.27.10):
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 27, 2010 - The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S., released the following statement today upon learning of President Obama’s recess appointments to the U.S. Equal Employment Opporunity Commission (EEOC).
“We are delighted to have disability law and policy expert Chai Feldblum begin her term as a Commissioner of the EEOC along with her fellow Obama appointees,” said AAPD Chair Tony Coelho. “I have worked with Chai Feldblum on the original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and more recently on the ADA Amendments Act, and I know that she will bring a wealth of expertise and experience in workplace civil rights, an incredibly strong work ethic, and a capacity to work with diverse constituencies to achieve consensus,” Coelho added.
“The EEOC is poised to issue final regulations implementing the ADA Amendments Act, a critical law passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2008 that restores protections for millions of Americans whose rights had been compromised by a series of problematic Supreme Court decisions,” said AAPD President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Imparato. “I am excited that President Obama’s appointees to the Commission will at long last be able to press forward with the ADA Amendment regulations and the other important business of the Commission. Having worked closely with Chai Feldblum on the ADA Amendments Act and other legislation, I know that the Commission is getting an extraordinarily talented lawyer to help them carry out their important work,” Imparato added.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site: www.aapd.com.