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September 29, 2006 (REVISED)

White House Domestic Policy Official to Deliver Disability Employment Awareness Month Keynote

Olegario D. Cantos VII, associate director for Domestic Policy at the White House, will deliver the 2006 Disability Employment Awareness keynote address at the Library of Congress at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the West Dining Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

This year’s national theme is “Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce.” A disability and diversity display will be on view in the Madison Building lobby throughout the month of October.

Blind since birth, Cantos earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1997. He served as staff attorney and director of outreach and education at the Western Law Center for Disability Rights in Los Angeles. In 2002 he became the first general counsel and director of programs for the 81,000-member American Association of People with Disabilities. Based in Washington, D.C., the organization is the largest cross-disability national membership organization in the country.

In 2004 Cantos joined the U.S. Department of Justice, serving as special assistant to the assistant attorney general, commissioned by former Attorney General John Ashcroft, and as special counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights, under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. In April 2006, he was appointed to his position in the White House – the highest position currently held by an individual with a disability in the U.S. federal government.

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PR 06-187
ISSN 0731-3527

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