ANN HARDIMAN APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO WHITE HOUSE COMMITTEE
On Tuesday President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Ann Hardiman, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Community & Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  The Committee provides advice to the President and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning a broad range of topics relating to people with intellectual disabilities.   Ann was selected along with 14 other well respected individuals from around the nation to serve as new members on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

The Committee consists of 21 citizen members appointed by the President and thirteen ex officio (Federal Government) members designated by the President. The thirteen ex officio members include the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Interior, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the President and CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Chair of the National Council on Disabilities and the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The ex officio members undertake Committee duties in addition to their daily occupations.

Since its inception, the President’s Committee has led the charge to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and uphold their right to enjoy a quality of life that promotes independence, self-determination, and full participation as productive members of society. These goals include the assurance of full citizenship rights, the reduction of the occurrence and severity of intellectual disabilities and the promotion of forward thinking programs and services and cutting edge assistive technologies to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.  To learn more about the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, go to:  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/pcpid/index.html