The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)

It is estimated that between seven and eight million Americans of all ages, or 3% of the general population, experience intellectual disabilities. Nearly one in ten families in the U.S. are directly affected by a person with intellectual disabilities at some point in their lifetimes.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson established The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), formerly The President's Committee on Mental Retardation, to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities. Since that time, PCPID has served as a federal advisor to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to persons with intellectual disabilities.

PCPID promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong community inclusion. ACL provides oversight and support for PCPID.

As an advisory committee, PCPID does not receive an appropriation from Congress to administer federal funds. Thus, it does not administer grants nor does it provide financial or technical assistance to individuals, groups, agencies, or organizations.

Mission

PCPID aims to provide advice and assistance to the President of the U.S. and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities as well as the field of intellectual disabilities. The foundation of this mission is a goal to improve the quality of life experienced by people with intellectual disabilities by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and lifelong participation in their communities.

Membership and Activities

The PCPID has 21 citizens members and 13 ex officio (federal government) members. Citizen members are appointed by the President and serve for a maximum of two years. A variety of individuals who reflect the diversity of America are appointed as citizen members, including people with intellectual disabilities and their family members, researchers, service providers and other professionals, community and business representatives, and systems advocates.

The 13 government members include the secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Transportation, the Interior, and Homeland Security; the U.S. Attorney General; the President and CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; the Chairs of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Council on Disability; and the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. PCPID is also supported by a team of federal employees.

Formal meetings typically are held at least twice per fiscal year, unless there are significant citizen member vacancies. 

Citizen Members

There are currently no citizen members.

Ex officio Members

The Honorable Merrick Garland, Attorney General of the US Department of Justice

Official Representative:
larette H. Yen, Attorney Advisor, US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - NYA 4065
Washington, DC 20530
Office: (202) 514-0555
Email: Clarette.Yen@usdoj.gov

Alternate Contact:
Benjamin O. Tayloe, Jr., Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section, US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530
Office: (202) 514-8103
Email: Benjamin.Tayloe@usdoj.gov

The Honorable Deb Haaland, Secretary of the US Department of the Interior

Official Representative:
Raymond Limon
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
Email: Raymond_limon@ios.doi.gov

Alternate Contact:
Martin Pursley
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
Email: Martin_pursley@ios.doi.gov

The Honorable Gina Raimondo, Secretary of the US Department of Commerce

Official Representative:
Tinisha Agramonte, Director, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Office: (202) 482-4534
Email: Tagramonte@doc.gov

Alternate Representative:
Monique Dismuke, Senior Disability Program Manager, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Office: (202) 482-8201
Email: mdismuke@doc.gov

The Honorable Al Stewart, Acting Secretary of the US Department of Labor

Official Representative:
Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor
Office: (202) 693-7886
Email: Sheehy.Jennifer.c@dol.gov

Alternate Representative:
Patrick Mannix, Senior Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor
Office: (202) 693-7889
Email: Mannix.Patrick@dol.gov

The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services

Official Representative:
Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
Office: (410) 786-3397
Email:  Melissa.Harris@cms.hhs.gov

Alternate Representative:
Tiina Urv, PhD, Program Director, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
Office: (301) 827-2746
Email:  Urvtiin@mail.nih.gov

The Honorable Marcia Fudge, Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Official Representative:
(TBD)
451 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410
Office: 202-708-1112
Email:

Alternative Representative:
(TBD)

The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of the US Department of Transportation

Official Representative:
(TBD)

Alternate Representative:
Yvette Rivera, Associate Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Programs Division, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
West Building, Suite W78-304
Washington, DC 20590
Office: (202) 366-5131
Email: Yvette.Rivera@dot.gov

The Honorable Miguel Cardona, Secretary of the US Department of Education

Official Representative:
(TBD)
Assistant Secretary
United States Department of Education, OSERS
550 12th Street SW- Room 5107
Washington DC 20202
Office: (202) 245-7580
Email:

 Alternative Representative:
Carol Dobak, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Rehabilitative Services Administration
550 12th Street SW: Room 5153
Washington DC 20202
Office: (202) 245-7325
Email: Carol.Dobak@ed.gov

The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security

Official Representative:
Brian S. Parsons, Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
Office: (571) 425-3900
E-mail: brian.parsons@hq.dhs.gov

Alternative Representative:
Laura Davis, Disability Employment Program Manager, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office: (202) 357-1264
Email: Laura.Davis@hq.dhs.gov

The Honorable Barbara Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Services

Official Representative:
(TBD)
Corporation for National and Community Services
250 E Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20024
Office: (202) 357-1264
Email:

The Honorable Andrew Saul, Commissioner of the US Social Security Administration

Official Representative:
Leola Brooks, Senior Advisor for Disability Program Outreach, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, US Social Security Administration
500 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20245
Office: (202) 358-6294
Email: Leola.Brooks@ssa.gov

Alternative Representative:
Elisa Walker, Social Insurance Specialist
500 E Street, SW. 9th Floor
Washington. DC 20254
Office: (202) 358-6220
Email: Elisa.Walker@ssa.gov

The Honorable Janet Dhillon, Acting Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Official Representative:
Ashley Martin, General Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissio
131 M Street, NE, Room 5NE09C
Washington, DC  20507
Office: (202) 663-4695
Email:  ashley.martin@eeoc.gov

To Be Nominated, Chair of the Board of the National Council on Disability

Official Representative:
(TBD)
National Council on Disability
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
Office:  (202) 272-2004
Email:

Alternative Representative:
(TBD)
National Council on Disability
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
Office:  (202) 272-2004
Email:

PCPID Reports

PCPID Meeting Agendas
PCPID Meeting Minutes

Last modified on 10/08/2021


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