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DRW’s Lisa Pugh Appointed to Serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is proud to announce that the agency’s Public Policy Director and coordinator of the state’s Disability Policy Partnership, Lisa Pugh, has been appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID).

Lisa was contacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was later vetted by the White House along with various other potential nominees to the Committee earlier this year. Her appointment was announced today by the President.

The PCPID was established in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and has been continued by every President since that time. Comprised of 34 members, including 19 citizen members and 13 ex officio (Federal Government) members, the Committee serves as a federal advisory committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.

“The mission of this Committee is directly in line with our goals as a Protection and Advocacy agency to improve quality of life for people with disabilities by upholding their rights and promoting their independence, self-determination, and community participation,” said DRW Executive Director Daniel Idzikowski. “As a seasoned public policy professional and parent to a child with an intellectual disability Lisa is most qualified to serve in this important position. She is a tremendous asset to the Wisconsin community of persons with disabilities and we are very pleased that the President has recognized her expertise.”

Lisa Pugh has served as coordinator of Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership since 2010 and was recently promoted as the Public Policy Director of the state’s Protection and Advocacy agency, Disability Rights Wisconsin. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation fellowship which led her to serve in Washington, D.C. both as a Disability Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Education and a Legislative Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor.

Since coming back to Wisconsin and joining DRW Lisa has worked on a variety of disability issues and was instrumental in coordinating strategy and support for recent investments in employment initiatives for people with disabilities and extending access to long-term care programs throughout Wisconsin.

Lisa grew up in Horicon, Wisconsin and currently lives in Madison with her family. She is married to Michael and has three children – McKenna, 17, Erika, 14 and Luke 10. Her daughter Erika has a developmental disability and is the inspiration for Lisa’s work.

The Disability Policy Partnership (DPP) is a joint venture between Disability Rights Wisconsin, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin – Waisman Center, and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. Each agency is authorized in the federal Developmental Disabilities Act and charged with a shared mission to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families through public policy.

Disability Rights Wisconsin is a private non-profit organization founded in 1977. Designated by the Governor to ensure the rights of all state citizens with disabilities through individual advocacy and system change, DRW is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies.