3/6/96 Maryland Del. John Leopold Appointed to Disability Panel

3/6/96 Maryland Del. John Leopold Appointed to Disability Panel

John Leopold, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Pasadena, has been appointed by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley to serve on the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council.

The panel coordinates federal services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.

“Del. Leopold has been a longtime advocate for children with disabilities both in public office and as a private citizen,” Riley said. “He brings a valuable perspective of state government as well as years of working on various boards to help improve the lives of the disabled.”

Leopold is a former member of the National Council on Disability. He’s chairman of the Anne Arundel County, Md., Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities.

A three-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Leopold holds the distinction of having served in more than one state legislature. In the 1970s, he held office in both Hawaii’s House and Senate.

Leopold is a former member of the National Council for the Education of Disadvantaged Children, the Maryland State Education Accountability Task Force, the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland Hospital Infant Study Center and the Hawaii State Board of Education.

“I have a longstanding interest in disability issues,” Leopold said. “I’m very interested in early education and programs that try to reach children at an early age to put them on the right path.”

The interagency council serves as a way for federal agencies with common program goals to coordinate their resources and to encourage similar coordination at state and local levels.

Among its members are representatives from the departments of education, interior, agriculture, defense, and health and human services. Also on the council are parents of children with disabilities and representatives of states and other agencies involved in providing early intervention and special education to infants, toddlers and pre-school children with disabilities.

The council is statutorily authorized under the 1991 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.