For Immediate Release:
Contact: CSmith@nacdd.org or (202) 506-5813
WASHINGTON, December 15, 2016 – The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities offers their congratulations to Catherine Lhamon on being appointed as Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President Barack Obama.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights created in 1957 serves a critical role in “advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.” The Commissioners serve six-year terms.
Ms. Lhamon’s career has been dedicated to protecting and enhancing the civil rights of people from diverse backgrounds. During her time at the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, she has been instrumental in resolving numerous complaints and to initiating investigations of civil rights violations that has led to individual and systemic improvements in access to education and to improving the education environment for every student. Ms. Lhamon is a proven leader who has been devoted to ensuring equity and opportunity for all students.
“NACDD congratulates Ms. Lhamon on her appointment to the Commission. We believe she is highly qualified for the role and will represent students with disabilities and other diverse populations in an exceptional manner,” said NACDD CEO, Donna Meltzer.
NACDD serves as the national voice of State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities. We support Councils in implementing the Developmental Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and promote the interests and rights of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The mission of NACDD is to provide national leadership promoting the interests of people with developmental disabilities and their families, and serve as the united voice representing Councils on Developmental Disabilities.