Orlando Confirmed for National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has a new member.

Last July, President Obama nominated Stephanie Orlando for the National Council on Disability (NCD). The Senate confirmed Orlando in March.

Orlando is an advocate for youth with disability. She is the director of YOUTH POWER! of Families Together in New York State, an advocacy network of young people with disabilities. Orlando previously served as the chairperson of the Youth Advisory Committee to the NCD. In 2008, she received the Diana Vietz Award from the National Council on Independent Living.

"Once a recipient of children's mental health, special education and residential services herself, Ms. Orlando has grown into respected advocate for youth with disabilities,” said NCD's chairman Jonathan Young.” Her previous work with NCD as the Chairperson of our Youth Advisory Committee and the valuable work she's done since have demonstrated her commitment and skill in championing equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities – particularly the next generation.

Other members of NCD are Janice Lehrer-Stein, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Marylyn Howe, Matan Koch, Lonnie Moore, Ari Ne'eman, Dongwoo ("Joe") Pak, Clyde Terry, Dr. Fernando Torres-Gill, Linda Wetters and Pam Young-Holmes.

The NCD advises the president and other federal agencies on policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities.