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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 10, 1995

President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board.

Patrick D. Cannon of Michigan is the Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Handicapper Concerns in Lansing, Michigan. The Commission serves as the information resource and advocacy center for Michigan's 1.7 million persons with disabilities. Mr. Cannon, who is blind, has conducted hundreds of disability rights trainings in Michigan and throughout the country as a member of a national ADA technical assistance network.

Chester R. Helms of North Carolina serves as the Director of Programs for Accessible Living, a not-for-profit independent living center. Mr. Helms who is a quadriplegic, has been with Programs for Accessible Living since 1980, serving in various capacities until he became Director in 1987. Mr. Helms received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1977.

June Isaacson Kailes of California is a Disability Policy Consultant in Los Angeles, a position she assumed in 1989. Prior to her service as a full-time consultant, Ms. Kailes, who has cerebral palsy, was an Executive Director at the Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) from 1981 to 1989. During that time, she established WCIL as one of the largest and most respected independent living centers in the country. Ms. Kailes received a B.A. from Hofstra University and a M.S.W. at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board is responsible for insuring compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. It is also responsible for establishing and maintaining minimum guidelines and requirements for standard issues pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and for developing advisory guidelines for and providing technical assistance to individuals or entities with rights or duties under the ADA.