White_House.jpgDisabilityScoop by Obama administration has a new liason for the disability community. Claudia Gordon replaces Kareem Dale who was the first-ever special assistant to the president for disability policy. Dale, who was hired early in President Barack Obama’s first term, left the post earlier this year.

Claudia Gordon

Gordon comes to the White House from the U.S. Department of Labor where she worked to ensure that federal claudia-gordon.jpgcontractors were not discriminating against their employees. Prior to that, Gordon, who is deaf, held positions at the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center and at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she was the primary author of an executive order on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.

Officials at the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency charged with advising Congress and the president on disability issues, praised Gordon’s appointment. Her first day on the job was Monday.

“Her vast experience and the relationships she brings to the table bolsters the president and his administration’s continued and ongoing commitment to issues important to the disability community,” said Jeff Rosen, the council’s chairperson.

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