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CHARLOTTE Today the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced that Becky Ogle, a recognized leader in the disability rights community and a veteran democratic convention advisor, has formally joined the DNCC as Senior Advisor on Disability and Access. Ogle will serve as a liaison between delegates with disabilities and the DNCC leading up to and during convention week.

From the beginning, the DNCC s goal has been to ensure that the 2012 Democratic National Convention is open and accessible to more Americans than ever before, and ensuring that we are doing everything possible for our disabled delegates is a key part of that effort, said convention CEO Steve Kerrigan. We re delighted to welcome Becky to the DNCC family. Becky brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and she will help us make this convention more accessible in every sense of the word.

Ogle has advised the DNCC remotely over the past several months, but now that delegates have been selected in all 56 states and territories, she has joined the team on the ground in Charlotte. Ogle will be responsible for outreach to and resources for delegates with disabilities as they finalize their plans and travel to Charlotte in September. She will also conduct site visits at convention venues and hotels across Charlotte to ensure that accommodations are made so that all delegates can fully participate in convention activities.

I am excited to be working with the 2012 Democratic National Convention team to make sure all delegates to this convention have the best possible experience and are able to participate fully, Ogle said. This convention will be historic in its work to include more Americans than ever before and that includes delegates with disabilities.

The DNCC has made accessibility a priority throughout the planning of the 2012 convention. From transportation and housing to selecting official convention venue sites that are ADA compliant, organizers of the 2012 DNC are working to ensure that we can accommodate all individuals including delegates with disabilities. Additionally, a closed captioning system will be available on the convention floor for delegates who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Ogle, a native of Tennessee, has advised four prior Democratic National Conventions, including the 2008 convention in Denver. Ogle has also served as a Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and as Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities during the Clinton Administration.

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