Thursday, October 16, 2008

St. Simons Island Resident Heather McCallum Appointed by President Bush to National Council on Disability

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heather Whitestone McCallum, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the National Council on Disability (NCD) ( The U.S. Senate confirmed Ms. McCallum's nomination on October 2, 2008.

Ms. McCallum was selected as Miss America in 1995, the first woman with a disability to be crowned Miss America in the pageant's 75-year history. Ms. McCallum also spearheaded the nation's largest multimedia public service campaign to identify early hearing loss, which was created by the Miss America Organization and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the deaf. The former Miss Alabama grew up in Atlanta.

NCD is an independent federal agency and is composed of 15 members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. It provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

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