Ray Petty Jr., Lawrence, has been appointed to serve on the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns, which is designed to help Kansans with disabilities live independently.
House Democratice Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, who made the appointment, said "Mr. Petty's years of dedicated service to those with disabilities makes him a logical choice to serve on this commission."
Petty will serve as an ex officio member for a three-year term.
Petty, 43, is an independent living program reviewer under the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration.
He has been a member and past chairman of the Kansas Advisory Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, a member of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired, a member and former president of the Lawrence Commission on the Needs of Persons with Disabilities, and vice president of the Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living.