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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 1, 1996

The President today announced his intent to appoint Marilyn Golden to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board.

Marilyn Golden of Oakland, California, is a Policy Analyst at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), a national law and policy center on disability rights, with offices in Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C. She has been closely involved with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout all the stages of its proposal and passage and now during its implementation. A highly lauded ADA trainer, she has directed and led numerous in-depth programs on ADA which have given thousands of people comprehensive knowledge on how to make this law a reality. She is the principle author of the DREDF publication The Explanation of the Contents of the ADA, DREDF's highly respected ADA curriculum. Since the ADA's passage, Ms. Golden has continued to play a key role in policy development on the federal level in the areas of transportation and architectural barriers.

Ms. Golden served for nine years as Director of Access California, a resource center on architectural accessibility for people with disabilities, and also as Co-Coordinator of the Disabled International Support Effort, which provided material aid and technical assistance to disability organizations in developing countries. Her involvement in international disability rights has continued since ADA's passage; she has been called upon to share her knowledge with audiences in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and at the International Women's Conference in Beijing, China. She is the author of several articles and received a number of awards for her efforts on behalf of the integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of society. Ms. Golden attended Brandeis University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board was created to insure compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and to establish and maintain minimum guidelines and requirements for standard issues pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the Board develops advisory guidelines for and provides technical assistance to individuals or entities with rights or duties under the ADA.