Congress’ Foremost Advocate for Americans with Disabilities, Jim Langevin, Joins NOD Board
NEW YORK (July 24, 2023) The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is honored to announce the appointment of former Congressman Jim Langevin as a new member of its Board of Directors. Recognized as Congress’ foremost advocate for Americans with disabilities, the addition of Congressman Langevin to its Board will further strengthen NOD’s mission to promote inclusion and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
Congressman Langevin, a respected leader and advocate for disability rights, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. He served his Rhode Island constituents for 22 years in the U.S. House of Representatives; the first quadriplegic to serve in the House.
Congressman Langevin was instrumental in the passage of the ADA Amendments Act. He was the first wheelchair user to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore and preside over the U.S. House of Representatives and is a leading voice in the national disability community.
Injured at the age of 16 because of an accidental gun discharge while serving as a Police Explorer, he was left paralyzed. The tremendous outpouring of support from his community inspired Congressman Langevin to enter public service and give back to those who had so ardently supported him. In his first election to Congress, he famously pledged to his constituents, “I’ll stand up for you.” That slogan still holds true today.
“I am tremendously honored to join the National Organization on Disability Board and contribute to the organization’s critical work in promoting inclusivity and empowering individuals with disabilities,” said Congressman Langevin. “I look forward to collaborating with fellow board members and leveraging my experience to advance NOD’s mission on a national scale.”
As a board member, Congressman Langevin will play a key role in guiding NOD’s strategic direction, advocating for disability rights, and fostering partnerships to enhance the organization’s impact. His commitment to disability inclusion aligns perfectly with NOD’s vision of creating a society where every person, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate and contribute.
“We are delighted to welcome Congressman Jim Langevin to the NOD Board of Directors,” said NOD Chairman Luke Visconti. “His extensive legislative expertise, fierce advocacy for the American people, and unwavering dedication to Americans with disabilities will be invaluable in driving forward NOD’s efforts to break down barriers and create a more inclusive society for all.”