Emily Hartley appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Advisory Committee

Emily Hartley, Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council Deputy Director, was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Committee by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, effective Feb. 18, 2022.  

Advisory Committees have recently examined water affordability, school discipline disparities, policing practices, mental health and the criminal justice system, legal financial obligations, fair housing, hate crimes, voting rights, maternal health and solitary confinement. In addition to advising the Commission, Advisory Committee reports have contributed to policy changes at the national, state and local levels.

Deputy Director Emily Hartley, Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council

Hartley brings vast knowledge to the committee including, but not limited to, voting, housing, guardianship, self-determination, victimization, health and dental care. Her work has led to advocacy, systems change and capacity building for the intellectual and developmental disabilities community. With 20 years of experience, Hartley will use her role on the Advisory Committee to bring the disability voice to the conversation of civil rights.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, is the only independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights and reporting annually on federal civil rights enforcement. Our 56 state and territory Advisory Committees offer a broad perspective on civil rights concerns at state and local levels.

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is a federally-funded, 23-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor. Its mandate under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration in all aspects of community life.

To learn more about the work of the MODDC or to get involved, visit:  https://moddcouncil.org/

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