February 19, 2014 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the selection of Jay Stiteley as the new manager of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. MOPD is the City's primary advocate for the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities. The office serves as a liaison between City officials and public and private entities on matters pertaining to the disability community.
A native of Plainfield, IL, Stiteley brings more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. His background in management includes work as National Technology Program Director with the American Foundation for the Blind in Chicago, IL and Dean of Students with the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville, TN. Most recently, he held the post of Director of Rehabilitation Services with World Services for the Blind in Little Rock, AR. Stiteley’s advocacy work includes service on the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Advisory Committee, Verizon’s Customer Advisory Board and Delta’s Advisory Board for Disabilities.
“We’re excited to have someone with such a wide breadth of managerial and advocacy experience join the staff of the Department of Neighborhoods as the new manager of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities,” said Mayor Parker. “We are confident that he will provide the strong leadership required to enhance community partnerships to better serve Houstonians with disabilities.”
“I am honored to have been selected for the position of manager of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and look forward to working in the Department of Neighborhoods,” said Stiteley. “I know there are many good challenges and opportunities ahead. My wife Karen and I are happy to be back home in Houston where the weather is not so cold and we’re ready to get to work.”
MOPD hosts a myriad of public service programs and events year-round, sponsored in partnership with City departments, nonprofit agencies and corporate supporters. Ongoing programs include parking enforcement volunteer training, public safety campaigns, legal clinics, financial forums, social services resource fairs and cultural presentations.
For more information about MOPD, visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities.
Jay Stiteley - Bio Notes
Jay Stiteley has worked in the field of services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired since 1978. He has served as a rehabilitation teacher for newly blinded adults and has taught assistive technology. In the area of assistive technology, his accomplishments include the establishment of computer access centers for the Veterans Administration in Palo Alto, CA and the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, TX. He served as Field Representative with The Seeing Eye, Inc. in Morristown, NJ and Houston, TX, travelling extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. His experience in management includes work as National Technology Program Director with the American Foundation for the Blind in Chicago, IL and Dean of Students with the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville, TN. Most recently, he held the post of Director of Rehabilitation Services with World Services for the Blind in Little Rock, AR. His advocacy work includes previous service on the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Advisory Committee and Verizon’s Customer Advisory Board. Currently, he serves on Delta’s Advisory Board for Disabilities, a post he has held since 2009. A native of Plainfield, IL, Stiteley holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Teaching (Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL), Master of Science in Management (Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, NJ) and Bachelor of Arts in History/Education (Rockford University - Rockford, IL). In 1980, he participated in the Olympics for the Disabled (now called Para-Olympics) in Arnhem, Holland as a member of the U.S. swimming and track team.