Marc D. Guthrie of Newark, Ohio is the Director of Development and Advocacy for the American Council of the Blind of Ohio and an at-large member of the Newark City Council. He previously served as a member of the Access Board from 1996 to 2005 and as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio from 1995 to 2001. Elected offices in Ohio previously held by Guthrie include President of the Newark City Council, Heath City Councilman, County Commissioner in Licking County, and State Representative from the 77th House District for six terms. As a state legislator, Guthrie authored Ohio's early intervention law for pre-school age children with disabilities.
Sachin Dev Pavithran of Logan, Utah is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, a position he has held since 2011. Before serving as Program Director, he served in a variety of other roles at the Center, including Program Coordinator and Disability Policy Analyst, since joining in 2002. Pavithran has more than 12 years of experience as a consultant on disability policy and developing and training users of assistive technology and accessible websites. He serves on the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs National Board, the Utah State Rehabilitation Council, the Research and Development Committee of the National Federation of the Blind, and the National Multicultural Council of the Association of University Centers for Disabilities.
The Board is comprised of 13 members from the public appointed by the President and representatives from 12 Federal departments. The new members succeed Neil Melick of West Palm Beach, Florida and Gary Talbot of Wilmington, Delaware.
Neil Melick Joins Access Board Staff
Melick previously served as a member to the Board, a position he was appointed to by the President in 2007. Formerly of West Palm Beach, Florida, he served as the Assistant City Administrator for West Palm Beach and before that headed the city's Construction Services Department for 13 years. He was a Florida Licensed Building Codes Administrator and International Certified Building Official and previously chaired the Florida Accessibility Advisory Council and served on the Florida Building Commission's Accessibility Technical Advisory Committee.
Board Advisory Committee on Medical Diagnostic Equipment to Meet in January
Upcoming Board Webinars
Deadline Reached for Full Accessibility of Fixed-Route Bus Fleets
In advance of the deadline, DOT received requests from bus companies for additional time to equip and configure remaining buses in their fleets. DOT did not grant any extensions in view of the long-term compliance time frame. However, DOT, continued to make funding available to transit providers to support the purchase and installation of wheelchair lifts and related equipment. Since issuing its rules for over-the-road buses, DOT has provided a total of $100 million to over 400 private sector bus operators and funded installation of approximately 2,500 wheelchair lifts. DOT's ADA regulations also address access to public transit buses which were implemented prior to those for over-the-road buses.
For more information, visit DOT's website. Accessibility concerns or complaints related to over-the-road bus service should be directed to DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov or (888) 368-7238.
DOL and DOD Launch New Employee Recruitment Database
Over 20 federal government agencies regularly utilize the WRP as a recruiting source, with more than 6,500 students obtaining federal employment since 1995. Federal employers can access the new online database online at https://wrp.gov. Private sector employers can access the WRP through the Labor Department's National Employer Assistance and Resource Network at http://www.AskEARN.org or (855) 275-3276.
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