The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) based in Little Rock has hired Jon Taylor as its new executive director. The Council says the addition of Taylor to the role demonstrates a continued commitment to promoting integration, inclusion and independence for Arkansans with developmental disabilities (DD).
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is a member of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The Council’s purpose is to connect people with developmental disabilities to the resources and programs they need to be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all parts of community life.
“I have met few people who have as much passion, drive and determination to serve and advocate for the individuals with developmental disabilities as Jon,” said Assiah Lewellen, program and outreach manager. “His years of expertise and genuine passion for the DD community make him an ideal leader as we work toward our goal of inclusion, integration and independence.”
Taylor currently serves as the co-chair of Disability: IN Arkansas and is the incoming chair of the State Rehabilitation Council. In 2018, Taylor was the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for his work promoting and advocating the inclusion of Arkansans with disabilities into the workplace and community.
“We have made great strides in supporting individuals with DD in Arkansas, but there is still work yet to be done,” said Taylor. “I am honored to lead this skilled and passionate team as we make a better and more accessible Arkansas for everyone.”
Taylor will be supported by 23 governor appointed council members, including parent advocates, self-advocates, and representatives from state agencies, nonprofit and private organizations that provide service and support for people with developmental disabilities.