President Obama Reappoints NH CEO to the National Council on Disabilities


President Barack Obama announces the reappointment of Clyde E. Terry, Chief Executive Officer of Granite State Independent Living, as a member of the National Council on Disabilities.

CONCORD, NH – On March 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of members on the National Council on Disability, including the reappointment of Granite State Independent Living’s (GSIL) Chief Executive Officer, Clyde E. Terry, for his second term.

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency composed of an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, eleven full-time staff, and fifteen members with disabilities, or immediate family members of people with disabilities, appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate. The NCD has a strong political influence, as members:

-          Provide advice to the President, Congress and executive branch agencies

-          Promote policies, programs, practices and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities

-          Empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living and inclusion into society.

Among the Presidential appointees are:  Patrick D. Cannon, State Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind (1997-2012), Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO at the National Association of the Deaf (2011-Present), Deborah A. Ryan, Founder and Director of Deborah A. Ryan & Associates (2002-Present), Gary Blumenthal, President and CEP of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers of Massachusetts (2010-Present), Ari Ne’eman, President of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and Clyde E. Terry, CEO of Granite State Independent Living (2002-Present).

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said President Obama in a public statement at The White House.

Clyde E. Terry was first appointed to the National Council on Disability in 2012. Previously, he worked at the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council as Executive Director (2001-2002) and as Director of Policy and Planning (1994-2001).  Terry has also served on the boards of the National Task Force on Accessible Elections and the ADA Watch Advisory Council.

Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities seniors through home care offerings, employment programs and community services, such as advocacy, information, education and support. For more information on GSIL, its programs and supports, visit www.gsil.org or call 603-228-9680.

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