Congressman Jim Langevin Joins Numotion’s Board of Directors
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Mar 27, 2023
Numotion has welcomed former Congressman Jim Langevin to its board of directors.
In a March 23 news announcement, Numotion said, “As a board member, Jim will be able to leverage his vast experience in shaping strategic change, driving technology innovation and cybersecurity, as well as advocating for people living with disabilities to make Numotion stronger. His ability to connect with people will help further grow the Numotion culture, and his deep policy experience will contribute to strengthening Numotion’s advocacy and cybersecurity efforts, compliance program and more.”
Langevin, a Democrat who represented Rhode Island’s second Congressional district from 2001 to 2023, was the first member of Congress with quadriplegia, the result of an injury sustained when he was 16. In Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security, among other assignments.
Numotion’s CEO, Mike Swinford, said in the announcement, “We are excited to welcome Congressman Langevin to our Board of Directors. He brings a unique perspective as a wheelchair user, advocate and policy-maker that will help frame the direction of Numotion to better serve our customers. I am very excited to have this opportunity to learn from Jim and have him contribute to our future direction.”
Langevin replied, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Numotion board, a leading company in the field and providing people with disabilities, and those with mobility impairments the right technology to help them lead active and independent lives. As a wheelchair user myself, I know how important it is to have the right mobility device to allow me to get around and be as active and independent as possible. I look forward to working with Numotion to ensure that all people with disabilities or mobility impairments have access to the right technology to allow them to be active participants in their community and pursue all their goals and dreams.”
Numotion noted that Langevin, who earned a BA in political science and public administration from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, “was instrumental in [the] passage of the ADA Amendments Act” of 2008. The purposes of that act included carrying out “the ADA’s [Americans with Disabilities Act] objectives of providing ‘a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination’ and ‘clear, strong, consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination’ by reinstating a broad scope of protection to be available under the ADA,” among others.
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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.