Lauren Potter of Glee is going to advise President Obama – score!
Recently, President Obama made some key administrative appointments, including an Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary in the Department of State. Also on his list: Lauren Potter, the actress who plays Becky Jackson on Glee.
Lauren, who has Down syndrome, is going to be on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. In her spare time, you know, considering her acting gig, her advocacy work for the End The Word campaign, and the fact that she’s a student at Irvine Valley College. The Prez also appointed Julie Ann Petty to the committee, a self-advocate and project trainer for Partners for Inclusive Communities at the Arkansas University Center on Disabilities.
The committee includes 21 citizens and 13 federal reps who advise Obama and the secretary of health and human services. Before Obama brought on Lauren and Julie, the committee had exactly ZERO people with intellectual disabilities.
About seven to eight million Americans of all ages have some level of intellectual disability. It’s about time a couple were included in a committee that provides advice and guidance to the President on topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities. I’d love to see adults with autism and cerebral palsy included in there, too.
Hmm. Wait, come to think of it, it’s about time an entire committee that consisted solely of people with special needs existed to guide the President.
How awesome would it be if your kid with special needs grew up to advise the President?
I have a new job in mind for my son.
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