Biden Announces Appointments to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announces his intent to appoint the following individuals to serve as members on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
The President’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities serves as a federal advisor to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to persons with intellectual disabilities. The Committee has 21 citizens members who serve two-year terms. Individuals appointed to this Committee reflect the diversity of America and include people with intellectual disabilities and their family members, researchers, service providers and other professionals, community and business representatives, and systems advocates.
James Trout, Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
James Trout was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 15 years old and subsequently diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder at the age of 25. He received his B.A. from American University in Political Science and his M.S. from George Mason University in Transportation Policy, Operation, and Logistics. For the last three years, Trout has worked as an analyst for SourceAmerica, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Previously, he was a policy fellow for the nonprofit RespectAbility. In this role, he traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire to speak with Presidential candidates about their plans to improve job prospects for persons with disabilities.
This press release was issued by The White House May 11, 2022. The press release link includes the list of all appointees, including James Trout of SourceAmerica. You can read more about James here. SourceAmerica is a member of SPESA.