Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Liaison for delegates with disabilities

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday it is working with Becky Ogle, a leader in the disability rights community, as a liaison for delegates with disabilities.

As senior advisor on disability and access, Ogle is reaching out to all delegates identifying themselves as disabled to ensure their needs are met from the moment they arrive in Charlotte until they leave, according to the convention committee.

She’s also working to ensure people with disabilities in the general public can attend President Barack Obama’s speech at Bank of America Stadium.

Ogle, a Tennessee native, has advised four prior Democratic National Conventions, including the 2008 convention in Denver. She has served as a senior advisor on disability issues for the Democratic National Committee, and as executive director of the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities during the Clinton administration.

Also this week, convention organizers said they’ll use CATS buses to help transport delegates and guests with disabilities. Organizers said CATS buses are more wheelchair-accessible than the motorcoach buses also being used to transport attendees.