They will present their report in January, 2014.
Governor Martin O'Malley has named the 11 members of the Commission for Effective Community Inclusion for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
It will be chaired by Dr. Timothy Shriver, whose Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. Other members are the Honorable Ann Colt Leitess, from the State's Attorney's Office in Anne Arundel County; Office Scott Davis, the Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator for the Montgomery County Police Department, who lives in Frederick County; Lieutenant Dwayne Embert with the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office; Theresa Sparks, a Legal Advocate with the Maryland Disability Law Center; Sara Hart Weir, Vice President of the National Down Syndrome Society; Erica Wheeler, a self advocate with an intellectual or developmental disability; Brian Cox, the Executive Director of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council; Thomas Curtis, Director of Transportation Policy with the Maryland Department of Disabilities; Dr. Joanna Pierson, Executive Director of the ARC of Frederick County; and Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
"I am pleased that these talented and committed individuals have agreed to serve on this important commission," says the Governor in a statement.
The Commission's job is to develop recommendations about the types of training standards that Maryland should adopt to educate people who interact with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly those in the public sector positions such as police officers, paramedics and other first responders. It's expected to present its report on January 9th, 2014.
The panel was created by the Governor on September 17th as a response to the death of 26-year-old Ethan Saylor of New Market. He died in January, 2013, following a struggle with Frederick County Sheriff's Deputies inside of a movie theater at the Westview Promenade. He had Down syndrome.
The State Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide, that is at the hands of another person. A Grand Jury looked into the case, and decided not to indict the deputies.
Ethan's mother, Patti Saylor, is calling for an independent investigation into her son's death.