HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A West Hartford man was appointed Wednesday to a newly created, Cabinet-level position to advocate for people with disabilities.
Jonathan Slifka, a community volunteer who was born with spina bifida, was chosen by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to recommend improvements in the way the state provides information and access for people with disabilities.
“We have a resilient safety net of community providers in our state, but there are still ways that state government can be a better partner to ensure that we are providing adequate services, while doing so in the most efficient way possible,” Malloy said. “I’m excited to have Jonathan on my team and look forward to working with him to improve how the disability community interacts with both state government and nonprofit providers.”
Slifka worked most recently for the admissions department at Goodwin College in East Hartford and has filled several volunteer positions, including as a commissioner on the West Hartford Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He is unable to walk but played on his high school tennis team, becoming the first athlete in a wheelchair to do so in Connecticut.
Slifka will begin work Friday as Governor’s liaison to the disability community.
“I am so proud to be able to go to work every day and advocate for all persons with disabilities across the state,” he said.
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