The Council Members of NCD live across the country and each brings a unique perspective informed by varied personal and professional experiences. Council Members are people with disabilities, parents or guardians of people with disabilities, or other people who have substantial knowledge or experience of disability policy or programs. NCD Council Members are appointed to represent people with disabilities, national organizations concerned with disabilities, providers and administrators of services to people with disabilities, people engaged in conducting medical or scientific research related to disabilities, business concerns, and labor organizations. A majority of NCD Council Members are people with disabilities.
Clyde E. Terry
Clyde E. Terry is the Chief Executive Officer of Granite State Independent Living in Concord, NH. Previously, Terry was the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council. His work has included spearheading a national coalition of disability organizations on election reform and election accessibility. In this role, he co-authored "Voters Denied Equal Access at the Polls; A Status Report of the Accessibility of Polling Places in the United States" in 2001. Terry received his B.S. from Emerson College and his J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University Of New Hampshire School of Law.
Billy W. Altom
Little Rock, Arkansas
Billy W. Altom is Executive Director of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Altom was Executive Director for Delta Resource Center for Independent Living from 1996 to 2007 and Program Director for Spa Area Independent Living Services, Inc. from 1993 to 1996. He serves on the National AgrAbility Project Advisory Committee and the National Disability Leadership Alliance Steering Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Rail Vehicles Accessibility Advisory Committee of the U.S. Access Board. Mr. Altom received a B.A. from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Rabia Belt is an Assistant Professor at Stanford Law School. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Disability Rights Bar Association. She is a legal historian specializing in mental disability and citizenship and is at work on a book manuscript titled Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage, and the Law, 1819-1920. She lectures frequently on the rights of people with disabilities, especially people with mental disabilities. She received an A.B. from Harvard College, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
James T. Brett
James T. Brett served for more than fifteen years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Brett served as the Chairman of the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and remains a member of its Committee. He is Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability in Massachusetts. He is also a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission. He is the former President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. In 2014, he was inducted into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame. Also in 2014, the Disability Law Center bestowed upon him the Edward M. Kennedy Leadership award. In 2013, the University of Massachusetts Boston established the James T. Brett Chair in Disability and Workforce Development, the nation’s only endowed chair in disability and workforce development. In 1996, Bay Cove Human Services of Boston named a new community home for disabled adults “Brett House” in his honor.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Bob Brown is currently the Foundation President of Opportunity Village, Nevada’s largest habilitation organization providing services to people with intellectual and related disabilities. Bob is also the incoming Chairman of the Board for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. He is on the boards of directors of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the Public Education Foundation, and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nevada 150th anniversary committee. He was a past publisher of the Las Vegas Review Journal. He was also a coach for the Special Olympics and served on the Board of the Special Olympics of Nevada. Bob is currently a member of ACCSES, which represents more than 1,200 disability service providers across the country as the Voice of Disability Service Providers. Bob is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley.
Lt. Col. Daniel Gade
New Windsor, New York
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Gade is an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy, and the Deputy Director of the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. He led a tank company in battle in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, where he was wounded in action twice and decorated for valor. A right leg amputee, Lieutenant Colonel Gade remains on active duty in the US Army. He holds a Master’s Degree and a PhD from the University of Georgia, and worked as an Associate Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the White House from 2007-2008.
Dr. Wendy S. Harbour is Director of the National Center for College Students with Disabilities, Coordinator for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Disability Consortium, and Advisor for Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring, positions she has held since 2015. Dr. Harbour held various positions at Syracuse University from 2009 to 2015, including the Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor of Inclusive Higher Education, Executive Director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, Co-Director of the Center on Human Policy, Co-Coordinator of the Disability Studies Program, and Coordinator of the American Sign Language Program. Dr. Harbour was an Adjunct Professor at the Boston Teacher Residency Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston from 2006 to 2008 and at the American Sign Language Program at Northeastern University in 2007. She was a Disability Specialist from 1995 to 2001 and an Academic Assistance and Testing Coordinator from 1995 to 1998 in Disability Services at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Dr. Harbour received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.
Benro T. Ogunyipe
Benro T. Ogunyipe is an Accessibility Specialist for the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), a position he has held since 2004. In his capacity of the position, he directs and administers the program activities with special emphasis on Titles I-IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act at the DHS Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation in Chicago. He also serves as a bureau legislative liaison and communications access trainer. He is a frequent presenter of sessions at national, regional, and state conferences on the topic of employment rights and responsibilities of deaf and hard of hearing individuals under the provisions of Title I of the ADA. He served as President of the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. from 2011 to 2013, and served as Vice President and Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2011. He was a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Ogunyipe received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gallaudet University and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the School of Public Service at DePaul University.
New York, NY
Neil Romano has dedicated his career to the marketing of ideas and messages to help save lives and promote public policy. Romano’s extensive professional background includes tenure as director of communications for the White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy. In that role, he worked on notable public awareness campaigns including “Just Say No” and “America Responds to AIDS.” In 2007, Romano was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Romano advised the Secretary of Labor and worked with all DOL agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities in the United States. His work as a member of the Committee for Purchase from People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled, helped improve the quality of life for workers with disabilities. In 2010, Romano’s work as a member of that committee was recognized by the full committee with a special leadership award. As a producer/director, Romano’s film, “Youth Homicide: A Public Health Crisis,” earned a Best Director Emmy Nomination.