O’Brien to serve on new bipartisan Disabilities Awareness Caucus

Lt. Gov. praises legislative efforts to address concerns

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rick Jones and State Rep. Frank Liberati recently announced the formation of the Disabilities Awareness Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral effort that will focus its attention on policy issues facing those with a disability.

Senator Margaret O’Brien is among those who will serve on the caucus.

“The concerns of those with special needs have no partisan lines. It takes all of us to have a Michigan that ensures opportunities for all,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “During my time as a social worker and as an elected official, I have seen firsthand the many ways that people with special needs improve and brighten our state. I am honored to serve as a member of the Disabilities Awareness Caucus, and I look forward to what we can achieve together.”

Jones concurred.

“I serve as a board member of the Special Olympics Michigan. Many concerns of special needs children and adults have been brought to my attention over the years, and I hope to work on some of these concerns with this caucus,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Senator O’Brien has been a leader in so many areas, including services for those with autism. She was an obvious partner for this new caucus.”

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is a prominent advocate of those with special needs.

“People with disabilities deserve a chance to live self-determined, independent lives but are often judged based on what they can’t do, instead of what they can,” Calley said.

Also named to the effort: Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-Meridian Township; Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Handy Township; and Rep. Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills.