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July 25, 2014 | North America: District of Columbia

U.S. Athlete Joins a Presidential Committee

By Meredith Ciaccia

Ricardo Thornton (photo by US Department of Labor)

Earlier this month, President Obama appointed Special Olympics athlete Ricardo Thornton to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). PCPID provides 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. The Committee’s 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. In addition to his activities with Special Olympics, Thornton, who works at the DC Public Library, belongs to Project ACTION!, a coalition of adults with disabilities and the D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council and acts with the theater group Players Unlimited. Thornton and his wife, Donna, were also the subjects of “Profoundly Normal”, a 2003 Lifetime channel movie.

About Meredith Ciaccia: I am the Coordinator for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.

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