BOISE, Idaho -- A northern Idaho woman who lobbied for a playground to serve children with special needs will now chair the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Denise Wetzel of Moscow will serve a one-year stint as head of the state panel, which advocates for people with development disabilities. The council announced the appointment Friday, saying Wetzel was instrumental in building an accessible playground in Coeur d'Alene, where she previously lived.
The council is a 23-member volunteer board created under federal and state laws to lobby for Idaho residents with developmental disabilities to make sure they have access to community support and other services. The panel is composed of people with disabilities, family members, and local and state agency representatives.
Members are appointed by the governor and serve three-year terms.