WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama announced a new name and a new mission for the White House office charged with dealing most closely with the American people. The Office of Public Liaison is now the Office of Public Engagement. OPE, along with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, will serve as the front door to the White House through which ordinary Americans can participate and inform the work of the President. www.whitehouse.gov/ope
Brenda Battat executive director of HLAA attended a White House briefing on April 15, 2009, orchestrated by Kareem Dale, associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement and special assistant to the President for Disability Policy. Dale, who is partially blind, coordinates the Administration's efforts to see that people with disabilities are on a level playing field with all Americans.