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Resolution of Commendation

June 25, 2002


WHEREAS, Cynthia Waddell received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from the

University of Southern California, attended Cambridge University, England, as a USC-Cambridge Scholar, and was a Dan Bradley Fellow at the Employment Law Center in San Francisco, California; and

WHEREAS, Cynthia Waddell holds a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University

School of Law where she was designated a Public Interest Disability Rights Scholar, and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of electronic and information technology; and

WHEREAS, Cynthia Waddell has worked for the past decade as an ADA consultant or

employee for universities and governments including the US Department of Justice, the City of San Jose, Santa Clara University, and Santa Clara County where she has served as a tireless advocate for the entire community of people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Cynthia Waddell developed the first Web Disability Access Design

Standard, that won the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence, was recognized by the Federal government as a “best practices” model for the nation, and was subsequently adopted by many jurisdictions in the US and abroad, so that Internet government services could reach the widest possible audience; and

WHEREAS, Cynthia Waddell has lectured at various universities, presented at

international conferences, received numerous awards, served on several boards and published a number of papers on law and policy for information technology, including her influential work, “Applying the ADA to the Internet: A Web Design Standard,” that was cited by the National Council on Disability in the Council’s 2001 report The Accessible Future; and

WHEREAS, Cynthia Waddell was appointed to the Santa Clara County Advisory

Commission for Persons with Disabilities in April, 1994, was elected to the Chair in 1996, and led the creation and promotion of the annual event in October regarding Awareness of Employment of People with Disabilities Month.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara does hereby commend

CYNTHIA WADDELL

for her commitment, service, dedication and passion for improving the life of people with disabilities in Santa Clara County.

Passed and Adopted, this Twenty Fifth Day of June, Two thousand and Two by unanimous vote.

Donald F. Gage, Chairperson Board of Supervisors

Blanca Alvarado, Supervisor, District Two

Pete McHugh, Supervisor, District Three

James T. Beall, Jr., Supervisor, District Four

Liz Kniss, Supervisor, District Five

Attest: Phyllis Perez, Clerk, Board of Supervisors


 

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