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Christopher G. Bell

Christopher G. Bell has been involved with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) since the beginning of its legislative process. Bell was employed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission beginning in 1987 as a Special Assistant to Commissioner, later Chairman, Evan J. Kemp, Jr. Bell worked with Commissioner Kemp on federal sector disability employment issues and, later, as part of the congressional process, on the employment provisions of the ADA. With the enactment of the ADA in July 1990, Bell was named Acting Associate Legal Counsel for ADA Services. In this capacity, Bell spearheaded the development of the EEOCís ADA employment regulations and ADA Technical Assistance Manual. Bell also represented the agency by speaking on the ADAís employment provisions at numerous conferences, conventions, and meetings throughout the country. Bell remained actively involved in ADA employment issues as a partner in the Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis offices of Jackson Lewis, LLP, a management-side labor and employment law firm. Since his retirement in 2001, Bell has advocated on ADA issues for the American Council of the Blind, the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (where he serves on the Executive Committee), and the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota (where he is Vice President and Chair of its Advocacy & Legislative Affairs Committee).