President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dan Habib to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the White House announced.
"The President's appointment of Dan to this important committee is testament to Dan's unwavering commitment to issues related to disability and the national impact of his work," said Institute on Disability director, Charles Drum. "His passion and talents will undoubtedly be significant contributions to the committee."
Established by President Johnson in 1966, the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) aims to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities. The PCPID promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities.
The committee’s duties include advising the President and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning the following for people with intellectual disabilities:
-Expansion of educational opportunities;
-Promotion of homeownership;
-Assurance of workplace integration;
-Improvement of transportation options;
-Expansion of full access to community living;
-Increasing access to assistive and universally designed technologies.
“I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” said President Obama of Habib and the 19 other committee appointees he announced in a White House Press Release.
To read an additional article about the appointment in the Concord Monitor
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