FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/10/2013
REP. SIMMONS APPOINTED TO TOPDD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
AUSTIN – Representative Ron Simmons has received the Speaker's appointment to the Executive Committee of the Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD). Simmons is to fill an unexpired term ending February 1, 2015.
"Representative Simmons' commitment to issues related to developmental disabilities, combined with his leadership skills and business acumen will be tremendous assets to the Executive Committee and this office," remarked TOPDD Executive Director Janet Sharkis.
The mission of TOPDD is to minimize the losses caused by preventable disabilities, especially fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and brain injury. TOPDD is governed by an Executive Committee whose members are appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House.
"Representative Simmons proved to be an enthusiastic advocate for autism diagnosis and treatment during his first legislative session, so I am confident that he will provide valuable input and leadership to the Executive Committee of the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities," said Speaker Joe Straus.
During the 83rd Legislative Session, Simmons authored and passed legislation standardizing the treatment and coverage of autism spectrum disorder – landmark legislation that will lead to earlier diagnoses and better outcomes for individuals on the spectrum. Simmons is also on the National Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America.
"I am honored to serve the people of Texas in this capacity," said Simmons upon hearing of his appointment to the Executive Committee. "The care and support of those with developmental disabilities is an issue I relate to on a personal level. I look forward to working hard with my fellow committee members in our effort to effectively monitor and reduce developmental disabilities in Texas."