From the National Council on Independent Living

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) we are pleased to announce that John Lancaster has accepted the position of Executive Director of NCIL, headquartered in Washington, DC.

John brings to NCIL an outstanding background in disability issues, working nationally and internationally as an advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.

John is a strong leader; an attorney and long time disability advocate who has played a significant role in developing disability law and policy. Most recently John was Vice President with the Viet Nam Enterprise Group providing technical assistance on issues and programs related to business, law and people with disabilities in Viet Nam. Prior to that he was Director of the Office of Disability Technical Assistance for a non-governmental organization, Viet Nam Assistance for the Handicapped.

Among other positions John has held in his extensive career are Executive Director, Presidents Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities; Executive Director of the National Ocean Access Project; Director, Governors Office for Individuals with Disabilities (Maryland); Project Director, American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities; and Advocacy Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

After an extensive search for a new Executive Director, the board came to the unanimous decision that John is the leader to move NCILs agenda forward. Please join the Board and staff in welcoming John Lancaster to the organization.

John will officially assume his new position on January 3, 2005.

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