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Mar 01, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council

BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. 

The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council serves to review analyze, and evaluate the state rehabilitation program.

According to executive order BJ 08-71, the council is comprised of 25 gubernatorial appointments, including the director of the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services and one vocational rehabilitation counselor, serving as non-voting members. The remaining 23 voting members include the following:
  • One representative from a parent training and information center established pursuant to §682(a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; 
  • The chair of the Statewide Independent Living Council or their designee; 
  • One representative of the Client Assistance Program; 
  • One representative from the service providers for the community rehabilitation program; 
  • Four representatives of business, industry, and labor; 
  • Twelve members representing a cross section of the following categories: 
    • Individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabilities; 
    • Representatives of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves; and 
    • Current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services. 
  • One representative of the State Workforce Investment Board; 
  • One representative of the state educational agency responsible for the public education of students with disabilities who are eligible to receive services under 29 U.S.C.A. §720 and part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and 
  • One representative of the directors of a project carried out under §121 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. 
Appointments to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council:

Libby Murphy, of Stonewall, is a community service provider for the Louisiana Association for the Blind in Shreveport. Murphy will be appointed to serve as a representative of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves, as required by statute.

Pranab Choudhury, of Baton Rouge, is a chemist for Albermarle Corproration and is the former president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Autism Society. Choudhury will be reappointed to serve as a representative of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves, as required by statute.

 
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