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Biographies:
John Lancaster



John Lancaster

John Lancaster is Executive Director of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. A civil rights attorney and long-time advocate for disability rights, Lancaster previously served with the President’s Committee as special assistant to former chairman Justin Dart and until July 1994 with the current chairman. A disabled Marine Corps veteran who sustained a spinal-cord injury during combat in Vietnam, Lancaster began his career in public service in 1974 as staff legal advisor at the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C. He later joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America as deputy national service director, where he established the PVA advocacy program to promote the rights of all people with disabilities. Lancaster also served as executive director of Maryland’s Governor’s Office on Individuals with Disabilities, where he initiated the deinstitutionalization of people with disabilities and reformed the state’s election policies by working with local election boards to provide access to voters with disabilities.

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