Barack Obama appoints blind Indian-American to key post

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 06:13 hrs

Washington: The Obama administration has announced to appoint a blind Indian-American to a key administrative post in an independent US agency devoted for people with disabilities.

The White House announced that Sachin Dev Pavithran has been appointed as Member of Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board among several other key administration appointments.

"These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles and I am proud to have them serve in this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," Mr Obama said in a statement.

Pavithran is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, a position he has held since 2011.

Before serving as Program Director he served in different roles at the Center, including as Program Coordinator and Disability Policy Analyst, since 2002.

Pavithran has more than 12 years of experience as a consultant on disability police and developing and training users of assistive technology and accessible websites.

He serves on the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs National Board, the Utah State Rehabilitation Council, the Research and Development Committee of the National Federation of the Blind, and the National Multicultural Council of the Association of University Centers for Disabilities.

In 2007, the National Federation of the Blind awarded him the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship.

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