We have some good news to share.
President Barack Obama has announced his intention appoint Ryan Easterly, a member of the Special Hope Foundation’s Board of Directors, to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). Ryan is Co-Founder and Director of Northern California Community Relations at MySupport, Inc. positions he has held since 2015. He served in several roles at The HSC Foundation from 2007 to 2015, including Manager and Senior Coordinator of the National Youth Transitions Initiative, and Program Coordinator. Mr. Easterly was Program Assistant for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy from 2006 to 2007. Ryan serves on the boards of Community Resources for Independent Living, Ala Costa Centers and, of course, the Special Hope Foundation. Mr. Easterly received a B.S. from Troy University.
About the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson established The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), formerly The President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities. Since that time, PCPID has served as a federal advisory committee to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to persons with intellectual disabilities. The mission of PCPID is to provide advice and assistance to the president and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of intellectual disabilities. Undergirding the committee’s mission is the goal to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination and life-long participation in their respective communities. More about the PCPID:
- PCPID promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities. The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities provides oversight and support for PCPID.
- As an advisory committee, PCPID does not receive an appropriation from Congress to administer Federal funds and thus is not an agency that administers grants or provides financial and technical assistance to individuals, groups, agencies, or organizations.
- Thirty-one members comprise the PCPID, including 18 citizen members and 13 ex officio (federal government) members; a maximum of 21 citizen members is allowed. Citizen members are appointed by the president and serve for a maximum of two years.
- PCPID holds formal meetings at least twice within a fiscal year and convenes informally throughout the year. In addition, PCPID is mandated to submit an annual report to the President. This report is the vehicle through which members provide advice to the President regarding issues and recommendations pertaining to intellectual disabilities.
Congratulations Ryan, and thank you for the important work you are doing.
The mission of the Special Hope Foundation is to promote the establishment of comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities designed to meet their unique and fundamental needs.