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Snyder appoints member to Commission on Disability Concerns

Monday, July 18, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
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LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Andrew Brandt to the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns.

The commission advocates on behalf of Michiganders with disabilities through information and technical assistance, disability rights training and by spreading disability awareness.

"I am confident Andrew will use his own personal experience and skills to best advocate on behalf of Michiganders with disabilities," Snyder said.

Brandt, of Canton, is a product concern engineer for Ford Motor Co. He won four "Customer Driven Quality" awards and is a founding team member of a group that developed and launched Ford Employees Dealing with disabilities. Brandt was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 and served as a Ford multiple sclerosis ambassador from 2006 to 2008. Brandt was also a member of the Ford re-engineering project known as Ford 2000. He earned a bachelor's degree in automotive and heavy equipment technology from Ferris State University.

Brandt will serve a three-year term expiring Nov. 30, 2013, and replaces Jane MacFarlane. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.