Chair Named for New State Autism Task Force

By: 13 News Email
By: 13 News Email

The head of a Paola-based organization that works with people with developmental disabilities will head up a new task force, designed to improve life for people with autism and their families.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius today announced she's appointed Dr. William Craig, President & CEO of Lakemary Center, to lead the Kansas Autism Task Force. Lawmakers created the task during the 2007 session. It will make recommendations to the Legislative Educational Planning Committee regarding potential legislation to improve the availability or accessibility of services for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of children with autism and their families.

Dr. Craig has more than 30 years of professional experience as an advocate for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. He has directed the operations of Lakemary Center since 1991. Lakemary Centers serves more than 600 people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Dr. Craig also recently served as President and Legislative Chair of InterHab, a resource network for people with disabilities. Interhab, based in Topeka, provides members with support, technical assistance, advocacy, and leadership at the local, state, and national level.

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