A Fayettteville woman and University of Arkansas Graduate now sits on a Presidental committee.
In early November President Barack Obama announced Julie Ann Petty's nomination to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities or PCPID. Today Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan made it official and Swore her into office. Petty has cerebral palsy and has worked tirelessly in the self-advocay movement.
Here is the news release from the City of Fayetteville:
Fayetteville Resident Julie Ann Petty Sworn Into Office Today as a Member of the
President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
On November 4, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Fayetteville resident Julie Ann Petty as a member to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), and today Ms. Petty was sworn into office by Mayor Lioneld Jordan. "I am very excited to be appointed to the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities," Ms. Petty said. "I've been working in the self-advocacy movement for more than 13 years now, and I think it will help me bring perspectives to PCPID from all around the nation. I hope I can help make a difference in the lives of people with ID."
Julie Ann Petty is a project trainer for Partners for Inclusive Communities at the Arkansas University Center on Disabilities. Ms. Petty's work at the Center on Disabilities focuses on educating those with intellectual disabilities on health and safety. She is also co-chair of the Alliance for Full Participation, a nationwide coalition of self-advocacy disability organizations. Previously, Ms. Petty served as state coordinator for Arkansas People First (1998-2007), national chairperson of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (2006-2008), and a policy analyst for the Human Service Research Institute (2007-2009). Ms. Petty received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.