Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities:
- The Honorable Sydney J. Batch of Raleigh as a Senate member. Batch is the NC Senator representing District 17. She is one of the founding members of Batch, Poore & Williams, PC. Her primary practice areas are family law and child protective services where she is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist.
- Brendon W. Hildreth of New Bern as a person with a developmental disability. Hildreth works with Accessible Icon Project of North Carolina. Accessible Icon Project works to change the current symbol of access to a more active and engaging symbol to represent people with disabilities.
- Dr. Charlrean Batten Mapson of Wilmington as a parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability. Dr. Mapson is a Pastor at Price Cathedral A.M.E. Zion Church. She is the mother of a 15 year-old with Autism and wrote her doctoral thesis on the inclusion of the Autistic Population.
- Dr. Rebecca T. Putnam of Candler as an immediate relative or guardian of an adult with a developmental disability. Dr. Putnam is the Acute Care Clinic Medical Director and Ethics Curriculum Director at Mountain Area Health Education Center.
- Dale W. Stephenson of Apex as a parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability. Stephenson is an Associate Attorney at Ward Family Law Group, PC in Apex.
- Tony Clifford Hall of Raleigh as a parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability or immediate relative or guardian of an adult with a developmental disability. Hall is a Direct Support Professional with The Arc of the Triangle, working to support individuals with developmental disabilities finding employment.
The original article ran in the NC Governor Roy Cooper News on July 2, 2021.