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Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities’ Public Policy Coordinator Receives Presidential Appointment

On May 12, 2014, Ken Capone, public policy coordinator for the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, was appointed by President Obama to a key administration post. The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities. As a member, Ken will work with fellow committee members to provide advice and assistance to the president of the United States 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. President Obama said, “The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Mr. Capone joined the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities in 2013 through a partnership with self-advocacy organization People On The Go, where he had held his position in public policy since 2010. Previously, he served as director of the Cross Disability Rights Coalition of Maryland from 2004 to 2010 and also as a legislative intern with People On The Go of Maryland from 2004 to 2007. He is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Coalition, the Civil Rights Coalition, Community First Choice, and the DDA Waiver Advisory Committee. He is also a board member of the Maryland Disability Law Center.