Actress Lauren Potter is known to Glee fans as Sue Sylvester’s right hand woman Becky Jackson, but the 21-year-old has been given an even more high-profile new role.
According to CNN.com, Potter has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which “provides advice about intellectual disabilities to the president and the secretary of Health and Human Services. This can include education, homeownership and workplace integration issues. This committee consists of 21 citizen members appointed by the president and 13 federal government members who meet periodically over a year and report findings to the president.”
Potter, who has Down syndrome, said in a statement, “It is important to me that people with intellectual disabilities are represented and treated fairly and are given the same opportunities as every other American. Our challenges are the same as many others, we want to be safe in school — free from bullying and teasing, we hope to be welcomed at parks, recreation centers and other community activities, we worry about jobs and where we will live but mostly we want to be treated how you want to be treated — with respect!”
Regarding the involvement of those in the committee, including Potter, President Obama said in a statement, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”