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White House Adds New Disability Adviser

July 15, 2014
Source: Disability Scoop

A fresh face is on board at the White House tasked with focusing on disability issues.

Starting this week, Taryn Mackenzie Williams will serve as a liaison between the disability community and the president as an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement.

She fills a role that has been vacant since Claudia Gordon left in the spring to return to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs after less than a year in the post.

In much the same fashion, the appointment of Williams is expected to be short-term. Williams will essentially be “on loan” from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy where she works as a senior policy adviser, according to Lawrence Carter-Long at the National Council on Disability, a federal agency that advises the president on disability policy.

In addition to her work at the Labor Department, Williams previously did a stint at the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where she contributed to a report on the so-called ADA generation, those who have come of age since the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

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