March 23, 2010
– The National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) congratulates Marsha Mazz, a charter member of the NFPA Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC), for being selected as the recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee. Mazz is a senior accessibility specialist and the technical assistance coordinator for the U.S. Access Board.
“Marsha works tirelessly to advocate for accessibility for persons with disabilities and has made countless contributions throughout her career,” said James M. Shannon, NFPA president and CEO. “We appreciate her efforts and applaud her for being recognized for her many accomplishments.”
Mazz’s involvement and work on behalf of persons with disabilities have touched all manner of buildings and structures including office buildings, sports stadiums, train and subway stations, cruise ships, recreational vehicles, manufactured housing, airport terminals and court houses, among others. She is a representative on many committees that set guidelines for accessibility for persons with disabilities and has helped to harmonize accessibility criteria across codes and standards as well as federal guidelines. As a member of the NFPA’s DARAC committee, Mazz shares her expertise to help shape decisions as codes and standards are developed, including issues related to evacuation planning and messaging.
The award will be presented to Mazz at the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on September 23, 2010. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) co-chair the event each year. NFPA serves as the 2010 administrating organization.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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