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About Office on Disability

The Secretary of Health and Human Services created the Office on Disability (OD) in October 2002. The Director of the Office reports to the Secretary and serves as an advisor on HHS activities relating to disabilities. The Office on Disability oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives for 54 million persons with disabilities.

The charge to the Office is:

The HHS Office on Disability will oversee the coordination, development and implementation of programs and special initiatives within HHS that impact people with disabilities. Margaret J. Giannini, M.D., F.A.A.P, has been appointed the director to the new HHS Office on Disability and Eileen Elias, M.Ed., has been named Deputy Director.

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Last revised: October 19, 2004


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