As the Department of Defense Director of Disability Programs, Mr. Cooper provides oversight and strategic guidance for DoD on matters pertaining to the employment of individuals with disabilities. He develops and promulgates DoD policies and programs for the direction and enforcement of Federal laws and regulations concerning disability programs. Mr. Cooper works to eliminate barriers for individuals with disabilities, including Veterans. Mr. Cooper is responsible for eliminating technological, architectural, and other barriers to advance equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities, as well as Veterans.
Previously, Mr. Cooper served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. He led multiple initiatives and served as a key advisor in developing federal equal employment opportunity policy. In 1998 Mr. Cooper served as a senior advisor for the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities. This inter-agency organization was charged with implementing Presidential Executive Order 13078, To increase the employment rate of adults with disabilities, within the general population. Prior to his appointment to the Task Force, Mr. Cooper served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Mr. Cooper served as a member of the Federal CIO Council's Accessibility Community of Practice, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) Inter-agency Committee on Disability Research, Subcommittee on Technology, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and U.S. Department of Labor Inter-Agency Working Group charged with coordinating Federal Policy regarding implementation of Presidential Executive Order 13548 Advancing Employment opportunities for People with Disabilities throughout the Federal workforce.
Mr. Cooper has been recognized for bringing together thought leaders and experts from government, private industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations to build consensus and advance effective public policy. His contributions to advancing public policy supported the development of the "case" for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and the Federal Disability Policy Framework to Ensure an Inclusive Workforce both in the public and private sectors.
Throughout his Federal career, Mr. Cooper has spoken out for community inclusion and competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities. He is proficient in the use of assistive technology and is recognized for advancing greater understanding of the importance of equal access to information technology for assistive technology users.