Berkeley Lab

Exploring the Intersection of Black History and Disability Inclusion

In honor of Black History Month, Nakisha Pugh, senior policy advisor in the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), posted a blog on “Exploring the Intersection of Black History and Disability Inclusion.” In the blog, Pugh recounts the story of Brad Lomax, a Black American who played an essential role in both the civil rights and disability advocacy movements. Lomax was among the disability rights activists who conducted the 1977 sit-in at the San Francisco Federal Building that resulted in the signing of the regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Pugh also discusses her commitment to increasing equity in underserved communities. “I’m proud to be part of the team at ODEP charged with developing and influencing policies and practices that increase employment opportunities for all people with disabilities, including Black Americans with disabilities,” said Pugh.