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Chicago Mayor Names Advocate To Head Up Disability Office
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 14, 2005

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--On Friday, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named Karen Tamley as the new commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.

In a press statement, Daley said Tamley "has experience in both policy-making and management, which makes her ideally suited to run this department and work toward new policies that will help Chicago solidify its position as the most accessible city in the nation."

Tamley, who uses a wheelchair, is the program director for Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago. She has been a disability rights advocate for the last 15 years. In 1994, she co-founded the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing, a national grassroots advocacy organization that promotes federal housing policy that supports choice and respects the civil rights of people with disabilities.

In 2003, Chicago became the largest city to require 10 percent of all new single family and town houses be made accessible to wheelchairs and another 10 percent be made "visitable" by people with disabilities.

Last summer, Chicago hosted the nation's first Disability Pride parade.

In his announcement, Daley also promised to require city departments -- and contractors -- to hire people with disabilities.

"Activist named city's link to disabled population" (Chicago Sun-Times)


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