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Charter Signed for New Campus Group

NIH Employees Concerned with Disabilities is a new group established recently by NIH'ers who saw a need for an independent group concerned with the special needs of disabled employees, visitors and patients here. A charter officially sanctioning the group was signed on Mar. 5 by NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. Some ECD members were previously involved with an NIH-sponsored group, the advisory committee for employees with disabilities, which has now been integrated into the NIH Diversity Council.

ECD members
Newly chartered ECD members include (standing, from l) Elizabeth Dean-Clower, Steven Leblanc, John Miers, Chuck Selden and (seated, from l) Christie Compton, Chuck Sabatos, Virginia Tanner Crocker.

The ECD mission is to function as an independent resource and liaison for employees with disabilities to the leadership and operational components of NIH regarding the following: ensuring an ongoing dialogue with management, improving representation of employees with disabilities in the NIH workforce, eliminating barriers encountered by NIH employees with disabilities, improving general accessibility of NIH programs, research, outreach, education, and community relationships and helping to improve the NIH disabilities program so it can become a model for other organizations.

At its first meeting as a chartered group, ECD elected its executive board: John Miers, chairman; Steven Leblanc, vice-chair; Chuck Selden, secretary; Elizabeth Dean-Clower, treasurer; and three ad hoc members: Chuck Sabatos, Christie Compton and Virginia Tanner Crocker. A general meeting -- usually on the fourth Tuesday -- is to be held every other month. The next meeting is Apr. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bldg. 31, Rm. 7A24. All are welcome. For more information, email:

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