THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Camp David, Maryland) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 12, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MARK K. SHRIVER AS A MEMBER OF THE PRESIDENT'S
COUNCIL ON MENTAL RETARDATION
The President today announced his intent to appoint Mark K. Shriver as a member of the President's Council on Mental Retardation.
Mr. Mark K. Shriver, of Bethesda, Maryland, has served as a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates since 1994. He serves as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Children and Youth. He is also currently the Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and a member of the Joint Committee on Welfare Reform. During the 1998 legislative session, Mr. Shriver helped secure funding for "Hadley's Park," a unique handicapped accessible park that is the first of its kind in Maryland. Earlier this year, in conjunction with Governor Glendening, Mr. Shriver created the Maryland Boundless Playgrounds Initiative, a first-in-the-nation statewide initiative to build universally accessible playgrounds so that all children, including those with handicaps and mental retardation, may join in the fun. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a community residential program serving adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Mr. Shriver was also a founding advisory board member of Potomac Community Resources, an organization that provides social and recreational programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Mr. Shriver has also served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Special Olympics. He was named one of the nation's Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
Mr. Shriver received a B.A. degree from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.S. degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
The President's Committee on Mental Retardation was created by Executive Order in May 1966. The Committee provides advice and assistance to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services and publishes an annual report regarding the concerns of the mental retardation community.