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AAPD Praises Nomination of Thomas Perez for U.S. Secretary of Labor


Washington, DC– Earlier today, leaders from AAPD and other disability rights organizations were on hand as President Obama nominated Thomas Perez to be his next Secretary of Labor. Perez is uniquely qualified to advance the Department’s broad mission of improving and promoting opportunity for the American workforce- including Americans with disabilities.

Americans with disabilities have a unique stake in the success of the next U.S Secretary of Labor. 79.3 percent of people with disabilities are among the long-term unemployed, and the monthly unemployment rate is almost double that of people without disabilities.

“As America’s economic engine continues to strengthen, Americans with disabilities need a leader at the Department of Labor who understands the unique challenges confronted by people with disabilities in the workforce,” stated TaKeisha Walker, AAPD Director of Workplace and Leadership Initiatives. “Tom’s track record on advancing dignity and equal opportunity speaks for itself. President Obama has made an outstanding choice.”


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