THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2009
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts: ·
Marie Collins Johns, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration· Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation· Jonathan M. Young, Chair, National Council on Disability· Carol Jean Reynolds, Member, National Council on Disability· Fernando Torres-Gil, Member, National Council on Disability· Chester Alonzo Finn, Member, National Council on Disability· Gary Blumenthal, Member, National Council on Disability· Sara Gelser, Member, National Council on Disability· Ari Ne'eman, Member, National Council on Disability· Dongwoo Joseph "Joe" Pak, Member, National Council on Disability
President Obama said, “I am grateful that these fine individuals have chosen to serve in my administration. They will bring a depth of experience and valued perspective to their roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” President Obama announced today his intent to nominate the following individuals: (I have snipped everyone's bio but Ari's. You can see them all on the link above.) Ari Ne'eman, Nominee for Member, National Council on DisabilityAri Ne’eman is the Founding President of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, where he initiates and directs efforts to increase the representation of autistic individuals in public policy discussions. He is a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. Mr. Ne’eman also serves as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force, where he represents autistic adults in reviewing the state’s autism services. He also previously served on the New Jersey’s Special Education Review Commission, where he authored a minority report on the topic of aversives, restraint and seclusion. Mr. Ne’eman previously served as the Policy Workgroup Leader for the Youth Advisory Council to the National Council on Disability. He is a board member of TASH and the Autism National Committee. In 2008, he received the HSC Foundation “Advocates in Disability” Award. Mr. Ne’eman is currently an undergraduate at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County where he studies political science and expects to graduate in May 2010. In 2000, Mr. Ne’eman was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.
This makes Ari the youngest presidential appointee in U.S. history.