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Craig Leen

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Craig Leen

Craig Leen is a partner at K&L Gates LLP in Washington, DC, in the labor, employment, and workplace safety practice group. He advises companies on equal employment opportunity compliance, including under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He formerly served as the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was a strong national advocate on civil rights and disability inclusion in employment, including his work developing an award-winning OFCCP enforcement program focused on disability inclusion, accommodations, and accessibility for federal contractors and their employees across the United States.

Prior to his federal service, Craig was City Attorney of Coral Gables, Florida, where he helped develop the Principles of Inclusion, which is a comprehensive city-wide effort to enhance accessibility and fully include people with disabilities in all aspects of city employment, activities, and government services.

Craig is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, and has previously taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and Florida International University College of Law. Craig is also a member of the faculty of the Institute for Workplace Equality.

In addition to his service on the RespectAbility board, Craig serves on the advisory board of Disability:IN DC Metro, the board of Circa, and the advisory board for Eightfold. Craig also served on the Special Education Parent Advisory Board for DC Public Schools and continues to advocate for increased accommodations and services for students with disabilities, including for his daughter Alex, who attends a public charter school for students with intellectual disabilities in Washington, DC.

About RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau offers diverse speakers with disabilities to teach about disability inclusion; and/or to offer their expertise in an array of topics, ranging from Art and Entertainment to Entrepreneurship, Education, Finance, Law, Psychology, Religion (of many faiths) and every vocation in between. Our Speakers Bureau and its divisions are expanding. If this is of interest to you or you know a professional with a visible or nonvisible disability who might be interested, you (or she/he/they) can email Speakers@RespectAbility.org.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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