Carroll County athlete named to commission

Carroll County resident Erica Wheeler was among those appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley to the Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Wheeler, an athlete and outgoing board member for Special Olympics Maryland, was named as a self-advocate with an intellectual or developmental disability, according to a news release from the governor's office.

The commission chairman is Timothy Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.

The commission was created by O'Malley on Sept. 17 in part as a response to the circumstances surrounding the death of Frederick County resident Ethan Saylor, an individual with Down syndrome.

It is to develop recommendations about the types of training standards that Maryland should adopt to educate people — particularly law enforcement officials, paramedics and other first responders — about the best approaches for safely managing situations involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The commission is required to submit an initial progress report by Jan. 9, which would have been Saylor's 27th birthday.

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