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National Disability Rights Network Applauds Nomination of Tom Perez for Labor Secretary

For Immediate Release                
03/18/2013

Contact:    David Card
202.408.9514 x122  press@ndrn.org

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) expressed strong support for President Obama’s nomination of Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor.

“People with disabilities have an unemployment rate that is almost double that of individuals without a disability and a workforce participation rate more than three times less,” said Curt Decker, executive director of NDRN. “Tom Perez has the skills and experience to help this country get people with disabilities working in competitive, integrated jobs.”

During his time leading the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Perez has shown commitment to upholding the rights of individuals with disabilities to fully participate in American society in all aspects, including employment. Under his guidance, the Civil Rights Division has rightly applied the Olmstead decision’s community integration mandate to areas other than just where a person with a disability lives, but also to where and how the person is employed.

Perez has also been a champion of voting and education rights, as well as prosecuted heinous hate crimes against people with disabilities.

“Tom Perez’s experience, knowledge, and career make him well qualified to be the next Secretary of Labor,” continued Decker. The National Disability Rights Network calls on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor.

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

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