Jones, Liberati form bipartisan Disabilities Awareness Caucus

Lt. Gov. Calley praises legislative efforts to address concerns

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

“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, a co-chair of the caucus.

“We have brought together a great group of legislators who will bring disability issues to the forefront of policy discussions in Lansing,” said Liberati, D-Allen Park, who will also serve as co-chair of the legislative caucus. “It is time we put words into action.”

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said, “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. I’m pleased that Senator Jones and Representative Liberati are making opportunities for people with disabilities a priority by forming this caucus.”

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