THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN H. CATLIN, PAMELA YOUNG-HOLMES, AND DONNA L. SORKIN
AS MEMBERS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD
The President today announced his intent to appoint John H. Catlin, Pamela Young-Holmes, and Donna L. Sorkin to serve as members of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
Mr. John H. Catlin, of Chicago, Illinois, is a principal of LCM Architects, where he specializes in the interpretation of the architectural requirements of the American with Disabilities Act, as well as state and local accessibility codes. He is the former Director of Access Chicago, a barrier-free design program sponsored by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Mr. Catlin received a B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Ms. Pamela Young-Holmes, of Madison, Wisconsin, has served as the Director of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs of Ultratec, Inc., a manufacturer of telecommunications devices for the deaf and hard of hearing, since 1987. Ms. Holmes was appointed to the Access Board in 1994, the first deaf person to serve as a member. She has also served as a disability consultant to local school districts in Wisconsin and an Itinerant Teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students for the Madison, Wisconsin School District. Ms. Holmes received a B.A. degree from Gallaudet University and a Masters degree in Deaf Education from the University of Tennessee.
Ms. Donna L. Sorkin, of McLean, Virginia, is Executive Director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, a non-profit organization for consumers with hearing loss, in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1985 to 1993, Ms. Sorkin was the owner and principal of Strategies for Communities in McLean, Virginia, a consulting and strategic planning firm for municipalities. She was Director of the Community and Economic Development Program for Public Technology, Inc., a research organization of local governments across the country, from 1978 to 1985. Ms. Sorkin received a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of City Planning degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is a Federal Regulatory agency with a governing board of 25 members. The Access Board establishes minimum guidelines for accessibility under the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, the Americans with Disabilities Act, telecommunications and customer premises equipment under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and also provides technical assistance on architectural, transportation, and communications access.