Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES YERKER ANDERSSON, AUDREY MCCRIMMON, DEBRA ROBINSON AND IRVING ZOLA TO NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Yerker Andersson, Audrey McCrimmon, Debra Robinson and Irving Zola as members of the National Council on Disability.
Dr. Yerker Andersson is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of American Sign Language / Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University and a member of the advisory boards for the Gallaudet Research Institute and International Center on Deafness. He is currently President of the World Federation of the Deaf. He was the Co-Chair of the American Sociological Association Committee on Society and Persons with Disabilities.
Ms. Audrey McCrimmon is Director of the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services. Previously, she was the Deputy Commissioner on Disability with the Chicago Department on Aging and Disability.
Ms. Debra Robinson is employed at Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care. She was the first woman President of Speaking for Ourselves, a national organization of people with cognitive disabilities advocating on behalf of themselves. She would be the first person with a cognitive disability to serve on the Council.
Dr. Irving Zola is Mortimer Gryzmish Professor of Human Relations and Chair of the Sociology Department at Brandeis University. He serves as a Board Member of the Society for Disability Studies and a Board Member of the World Institute on Disability. He has also been very active in the effort to reform health care.
The National Council on Disabilities is responsible for promoting the integration, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities in the community, schools, workplace and all other aspects of American life. In the fulfillment of this mission, the Council evaluates the effectiveness of federal government programs and statutes concerning individuals with disabilities. The Council has an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million.