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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Oslo, Norway)
For Immediate Release                                   November 1, 1999

     The President today announced his intent to reappoint Patrick D.

Cannon and June I. Kailes as members of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

Mr. Patrick D. Cannon, of Haslett, Michigan, has served since 1997 as the Executive Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind, the state's rehabilitation agency for people who are blind. Previously, Mr. Cannon was the Director of the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns for ten years, where he was instrumental in gaining passage of the 1990 amendments to the Michigan Handicapper's Civil Rights Act, and advocated for enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He has served as Communications Specialist in the Department of Labor's Bureau of Workers' Compensation for two years, and directed the Audio Communications Division of the Senate Democratic Office for ten years. Mr. Cannon was first appointed to the Access Board in 1995 and served as the Chair of the Board in 1997 and 1998.

Ms. June I. Kailes, of Playa del Rey, California, currently is the chair of the Access Board and also operates a full-time disability policy consulting business focusing on: health, wellness and aging with a disability; technology; telecommunications, disaster preparedness and relief for people with disabilities and planning barrier free events. She works with many local, state, national, and international organizations including the Alliance Technology Access, Western University's Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences, and the Research and Training Center on Management of Centers for Independent Living Independent Living. She held many offices on the boards of the National Council of Independent Living and the California Coalition of Independent Living Centers, and served as the Executive Director of the Westside Center for Independent Living in Los Angeles. She received a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hofstra University.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is an independent federal 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, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Board also provides technical assistance on architectural, transportation, and communications access.