Maureen F. McClain, associate director of Disability Services at The University of Texas-Pan American, was recently appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.
McClain was one of five individuals in the state, whose terms will expire Feb. 1, 2010, to be chosen for the committee that works to ensure Texans with disabilities may live their lives with integrity, independence and productivity.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be in a position to serve the needs and interests of individuals with disabilities throughout the state of Texas and be able to be an advocate to promote and influence policy that will directly improve the awareness of those with disabilities and enhance their opportunities through education," McClain said.
She has been employed with UTPA for more than three years. McClain earned her bachelor's degree in rehabilitative services and a master's in rehabilitative counseling from UTPA. She is a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities, and was appointed to the Academic Advisement Council. She is a past member of the Rio Grande Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
"I strongly believe that education is the key to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and it is important that institutions of higher learning take a more aggressive role in assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving their maximum potential and in doing so, society will be better served," she said.
According to the Web site for the Governor's Committee, the organization, which was established in 1949, recommends changes in disability policies and programs in the areas of accessibility, communication, education, emergency preparedness, health, housing, recreation, transportation, and workforce. The Committee also supports a network of committees on people with disabilities, issues awards to promote greater awareness, and promotes compliance with disability related laws.