The actress, who plays Jane Lynch’s sidekick Becky Jackson on the hit TV show, has Down’s Syndrome. Now she will share her own real-life advice on education, home ownership and work placement for people with disabilities in an Obama administration initiative.
In a written statement to CNN, Lauren wrote that it was important to her that people with intellectual disabilities are represented and treated fairly and are given the same opportunities as every other American.
As she said, everyone faces the same challenges to be accepted and to be free from bullying and to have access to services. She said that she and anyone else with an intellectual disability is no different to anyone else in that she worried about her job and her housing situation, “but mostly we want to be treated how you want to be treated – with respect!”
Lauren Potter will be among 33 other citizens and government officials working towards positive change. President Obama is happy to have the Glee actress on the committee.
“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.”