Md. Gov. O'Malley Forms Panel on Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 PM EDT
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Md. Gov. O'Malley Forms Panel on Developmental Disabilities

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Gov. Martin O'Malley (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Gov. Martin O'Malley has created a commission to help law enforcers and others better respond to incidents involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

O'Malley issued an executive order creating the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on Tuesday.

O'Malley said in a statement that he created the panel partly in response to the death in January of a man with Down syndrome after a struggle with three off-duty deputies in Frederick. O'Malley met with Ethan Saylor's family earlier this month.

The Commission will evaluate the training received by people who interact with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will develop and issue recommendations about training standards.

O'Malley named Timothy P. Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, to head the commission.

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