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Ms. Al-Mohamed is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Federal government. She has also worked as a lobbyist and political analyst on issues relating to Health care, Education, Employment, Disability, and International Development. She has served on the board of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). She has provided expertise and information in the form of technical assistance and support to both consumers and various advisory committees and governing bodies on legislative and regulatory issues relating to such varied subjects as: the Telecommunications Act, Voting System Guidelines, Broadband Technical Specifications, Pedestrian Rights of Way, Social Security Privatization concerns and Emergency Preparedness.
Before her legislative work here in Washington DC, Ms. Al-Mohamed’s career has included work in advocacy and legislative initiatives on behalf of many disenfranchised groups. She has worked on the planning committee for the Civil Rights Group of the Cambio de Colores conference; the largest conference that directly addresses the various issues faced by Latino immigrants to the Midwest. Prior to that, she was a representative of the ISC-ICC to the Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the United Nations, reporting on the activities of the Victim’s Trust Fund Working Group which addressed the needs of victims of genocide on a global scale.
The twice-monthly policy vlogcast Day in Washington is hosted by Ms. Al-Mohamed.
Twitter: @DayAlMohamed or @DayinWashington
Ms. Baldwin was born in Spain and grew up in Newark, NJ. She began her career in Healthcare Administration before moving on to advocacy in the social justice/equity realm of work. Currently Ms. Baldwin serves as Public Policy Analyst for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, DC. NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
Ms. Baldwin has extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), The Access Carrier Act of 1986, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other disability laws. She is an expert analyst of pertinent legislative proposals and enactments. She has a keen ability for networking and outreach to grassroots national and international advocates, and has emphasized the increased need for diversity and cultural competency as a part of outreach and coalition building to assist with better legislative outcomes for multiple communities.
She has led multiple national and international advocacy campaigns, assisted with writing the disability provisions lead thee advocacy campaign to get the Violence Against Women Act passed in February 2013. Ms. Baldwin has written numerous articles, served on advisory committees, facilitated focus groups, presented at many programs and conducts technical assistance training in multiple areas. She proudly serves as an Associate Member of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Standing Panel on Social Equity. In addition, Ms. Baldwin has been an Adjunct Professor at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ.
The Real Deal on the Hill is a weekly legislative round-up written by Dara Baldwin for the Lead On Update.
Website: thewiyatt.wordpress.com (This blog is about what I yell at the TV (WIYATT) or media & other things!)
Mr. Cokley is a long-time disability advocate who works to bring issues of inclusion to the forefront of all communities. He has significant experience working at the intersection of disability policy and social media, in both the Federal and non-profit sectors. As a founding member of the Lead On Network, Mr. Cokley serves as the Administrator for the Lead On Update, an up-to-the-minute social-media focused resource to discover, collect, and also provide commentary on media articles on technology, employment, and education as well as policies, programs, and events on Capitol Hill as they relate to disability.
As a graduate of a Historically Black University, Mr. Cokley believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Cultural barriers have led to disability being a taboo subject in many ethnic communities, and the disability community needs the experience of the diversity field to continue their advocacy and policy goals. Only together can both communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens.
Mr. Cokley is the Administrator for the Lead On Update.
N.R. Brown has a passion for books. During the day she splits her time between being a librarian and working with human remains…while at night she is a horror and dark fantasy writer and blogger. Ms. Brown is a member of Donna Andrew’s Hellebore Writing Group, and CVS of Northern Virgina Writing Group, as well as a member of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Maryland with her partner and two very spoiled labs.
Ms. Brown is a founding member of the Lead On Network and serves as its founding Archivist.
A lover of shoes – new and worn. Blogging with sole while testing the limits of footwear, design, and disability.
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