Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mom, Advocate Given Key Transition Role

Loyal reader Stephanie H. passed along this news about another member of the Obama transition team. She tells me, "Sharon Lewis is someone from my local area in Portland, Oregon, who is a parent of a child with a disability that graduated from the advocacy training I just went through a few years before me. She has done a lot of good things in our local community before heading on to politics and is a devout believer in full inclusion and fully funding IDEA among other things. She lives and breathes the book Getting to Yes and she knows how to get things done. She is definitely one to watch."

Lewis, the former senior disability policy adviser for Chairman George Miller (D-CA) on the Committee on Education and Labor, has been named to the transition's Education Agency Review Team. She's the lead person reviewing the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and other disability-related matters in the Department of Education. OSERS includes the Office of Special Education Programs, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Thanks, Stephanie!
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