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Cynthia D. Waddell
Cynthia D. Waddell

Cynthia is an advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her areas of expertise include governmental policy, legislation, implementation and compliance with state and federal civil rights laws protecting people with disabilities from discrimination, and empathetic life experience as a person with a hearing loss.

Waddell is an experienced public policy maker who holds a number of government appointments at the local, state and federal level. Waddell is chair for the Santa Clara County Advisory Commission for People with Disabilities (Advise Board of Supervisors. In the state she is a Member of the State of California Access Code Committee (Advise Building Standards Commission responsible for promulgating statebuilding code) and on the federal front, she is a participant in the Key Bridge Program as pro bono ADA mediator for disability access complaints filed by the public with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Her Website was awarded the California League of Cities Helen Putnam Grand Prize for Excellence. Waddell was named "Top 25 Women on the Web" by Webgrrls International. She holds a J.D. from Santa Clara State Univerity School of Law and a B.A. from Univerisity of Southern California.


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