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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 22, 1996


                        AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The President's Committee on Mental Retardation, established by Executive Order No. 11280 on May 11, 1966, as superseded by Executive Order No. 11776 on March 28, 1974, has organized national planning, stimulated development of plans, policies and programs, and advanced the concept of community participation in the field of mental retardation.

National goals have been established to:

       (1)  promote full participation of people with mental 
            retardation in their communities;
       (2)  provide all necessary supports to people with mental 
            retardation and their families for such participation;
       (3)  reduce the occurrence and severity of mental 
            retardation by one-half by the year 2010;
       (4)  assure the full citizenship rights of all people 
            with mental retardation, including those rights 
            secured by such landmark statutes as the Americans 
            with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336 
            (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.);
       (5)  recognize the right of all people with mental 
            retardation to self-determination and autonomy, to 
            be treated in a nondiscriminatory manner, and to 
            exercise meaningful choice, with whatever supports 
            are necessary to effectuate these rights;
       (6)  recognize the right of all people with mental 
            retardation to enjoy a quality of life that promotes 
            independence, self-determination, and participation 
            as productive members of society; and
       (7)  promote the widest possible dissemination of 
            information on models, programs, and services in 
            the field of mental retardation.
       The achievement of these goals will require the most 

effective possible use of public and private resources.

NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Committee Continued and Responsibilities Expanded. The President's Committee on Mental Retardation (the "Committee"), with expanded membership and expanded responsibilities, is hereby continued in operation.

Sec. 2. Composition of Committee. (a) The Committee shall be composed of the following members:

(1) The Secretary of Health and Human Services;

(2) The Secretary of Education;

(3) The Attorney General;

(4) The Secretary of Labor;

(5) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;

            (6)  The Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation 
                 for National and Community Service (formerly 
            (7)  The Commissioner of Social Security;
            (8)  The Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity 
            (9)  The Chairperson of the National Council on 
            (10) No more than 21 other members who shall be 
                 appointed to the Committee by the President.  
                 These citizen members shall consist of 
                 individuals who represent a broad spectrum of 
                 perspectives, experience, and expertise on mental 
                 retardation, and shall include self-advocates 
                 with mental retardation and members of families 
                 with a child or adult with mental retardation, 
                 and persons employed in either the public or the 
                 private sector.  Except as the President may from 
                 time to time otherwise direct, appointees under 
                 this paragraph shall have two-year terms, except 
                 that an appointment made to fill a vacancy 
                 occurring before the expiration of a term shall 
                 be made for the balance of the unexpired term.
       (b)  The President shall designate the Chair of the 

Committee from the 21 citizen members. The Chair shall advise and counsel the Committee and represent the Committee on appropriate occasions.

Sec. 3. Functions of the Committee. (a) The Committee shall provide such advice and assistance in the area of mental retardation as the President or Secretary of Health and Human Services may request, and particularly shall advise with respect to the following areas:

            (1)  evaluating and monitoring the national efforts to 
                 establish appropriate policies and supports for 
                 people with mental retardation;
            (2)  providing suggestions for improvement in the 
                 delivery of mental retardation services, 
                 including preventive services, the promulgation 
                 of effective and humane policies, and the 
                 provision of necessary supports;
            (3)  identifying the extent to which various Federal 
                 and State programs achieve the national goals in 
                 mental retardation described in the preamble to 
                 this order and have a positive impact on the 
                 lives of people with mental retardation;
            (4)  facilitating liaison among Federal, State, 
                 and local governments, foundations, nonprofit 
                 organizations, other private organizations, 
                 and citizens concerning mental retardation;
            (5)  developing and disseminating such information as 
                 will tend to reduce the incidence and severity of 
                 mental retardation; and
            (6)  promoting the concept of community participation 
                 and development of community supports for 
                 citizens with mental retardation.
       (b)  The Committee shall make an annual report, through 

the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the President concerning mental retardation. Such additional reports may be made as the President may require or as the Committee may deem appropriate.

Sec. 4. Cooperation by Other Agencies. To assist the Committee in providing advice to the President, Federal departments and agencies requested to do so by the Committee shall designate liaison officers to the Committee. Such officers shall, on request by the Committee, and to the extent permitted by law, provide the Committee with information on department and agency programs that do contribute to or could contribute to achievement of the President's goals in the field of mental retardation.

Sec. 5. Administration. (a) The Department of Health and Human Services shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide the Committee with necessary staff, administrative services, and facilities and funding.

(b) Each member of the Committee, except any member who receives other compensation from the United States Government, may receive compensation for each day he or she is engaged in the work of the Committee, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 3109), and may also receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707), for persons employed intermittently in the Government service. Committee members with disabilities may be compensated for attendant expenses, consistent with Government procedures and practices.

(c) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall perform such other functions with respect to the Committee as may be required by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), except that of reporting to the Congress.

Sec. 6. Construction. Nothing in this order shall be construed as subjecting any Federal agency, or any function vested by law in, or assigned pursuant to law to, any Federal agency, to the authority of the Committee or as abrogating or restricting any such function in any manner.

Sec. 7. Superseded Authority. Executive Order No. 11776 is hereby superseded.



March 21, 1996.

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