“Glee” star appointed to Obama’s Committee

Dec 09, 2011
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About 3 years ago we were introduced to the Fox hit TV show “Glee”. The show became an instant favorite with fans and continues to have a large following today. The show is a combination of singing, drama and comedy all rolled into one. A few seasons ago, Glee introduced a new character to the John Adams High Crew, Becky Johnson; she was to become the newest member of the cheerleading squad.  For me, new addition of Becky to the Glee cast was great because Becky is an individual with Down Syndrome. Though Becky Johnson, played by Lauren Potter, is not the first Glee cast member with a disability, the fact that the show decided to add another character with a disability spoke volumes to me about the show and producers behind it.

It was announced, early last week, that President Obama appointed Lauren Potter to be a part of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The committee provides advice to the President and Secretary of Health and Human Services on topics anywhere from education, homeownership to workplace integration issues as they pertain to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Lauren, who has repeatedly talked about her struggles growing up as an individuals with a disability, said in an interview “Our challenges are the same as many others. We want to be safe in school-free from bullying and teasing, we hope to be welcomes at parks, recreations centers and other community activities, we worry about jobs and where we will live but mostly we want to be treated who you want to be treated-with respect!”. Potter’s appointment to the Presidential Committee will be another shining star on her resume as she has been previously involved in several advocacy projects for individuals with disabilities. If you would like to read more about Lauren Potter’s appointment to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, please click on the following link: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/14/glee-star-tapped-to-join-obamas-committee/

Author: Tamika Jones