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ODEP News Release: [07/12/2011]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Bennett Gamble
Phone Number: (202) 693-8666 or x4667
Release Number: 11-1053-NAT

Meet at Disability.gov for July 14 virtual town hall with White House officials

Top advisors on disability issues to answer questions submitted electronically by the public

WASHINGTON — Members of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Office of Public Engagement and Office of Presidential Personnel will participate in a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Disability.gov, the federal government's website for disability-related information, on Thursday, July 14, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. The event will be streamed live on the site's home page.

Individuals with disabilities and others will hear from presidential advisors, including Kareem Dale, special assistant to the president for disability policy and associate director of the Office of Public Engagement, Jeffrey Crowley, senior advisor on disability policy and director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, and Rebecca Cokley, director of priority placement in the Office of Presidential Personnel.

Participants will discuss their roles in the administration and address questions from the public on topics such as employment, health care, housing and education for individuals with disabilities.

"It's important for people with disabilities to have a voice in this administration," said Dale. "This town hall gives everyone the opportunity to ask questions and to learn about White House initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities everywhere."

Questions may be submitted in advance through an online form available at https://www.disability.gov/WHQuestion no later than Wednesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. EDT. To submit questions the day of the event, and/or to receive regular updates from the White House on disability issues, send an email to disability@who.eop.gov.

To watch the virtual town hall, visit the Disability.gov home page on July 14 at 1 p.m. EDT and click the button marked "Watch the White House Virtual Town Hall Live!"

Disability.gov is a federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. Through the site, Americans with disabilities, their families, veterans, educators, employers and others are connected to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. New resources are added daily across 10 main subject areas – benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation. Disability.gov is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy in collaboration with 21 federal partner agencies.