Gregory Hilbok Named Chief of the FCC’s Disability Rights Office


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For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2010

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Washington, DC — Gregory Hlibok, currently an attorney in the Disability
Rights Office (DRO) in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, has
been named to head that office.

“Greg will be heading up the Disability Rights Office at a crucial time, as
the FCC ramps up to implement the most significant disability law in two
decades,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “Greg possesses extensive
knowledge in the field of telecommunications access for people with
disabilities as well as the leadership qualities necessary to lead the
office. He will be the first head of DRO who has a disability. Under his
direction, the office will work to ensure that people with disabilities can
share fully in the economic and social benefits of emerging 21st century

Greg has been instrumental on a wide array of disability matters in DRO
since 2001. He is known nationally for his role as spokesperson for the Deaf
President Now movement in 1988, which led to the selection of Gallaudet
University’s first deaf president. Gallaudet is the world’s only university
serving primarily deaf and hard of hearing students. At the FCC, he has
taken the lead in several key rulemaking proceedings on telecommunications
access for people with disabilities, including new initiatives on the
National Broadband Plan. Greg now lives in Ellicott City, MD with his wife
and four children, and also serves as the board president of his alma mater,
Lexington School for the Deaf. He is a graduate of Gallaudet University and
Hofstra Law School.

In addition to its new duties in implementing the new Act, the Disability
Rights Office has responsibility for a variety of disability-related
telecommunications matters, including telecommunications relay service
(TRS), access to telecommunications equipment and services by persons with
disabilities, access to emergency information, and closed captioning. DRO
also provides expert advice and assistance to other Bureaus and Offices,
consumers, and industry, in order to support the Commission’s goal of
increasing the accessibility of communications services and technologies for
persons with disabilities.

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