DSCC's Scallion Appointed to Council on Developmental Disabilities
Governor Bill Lee has appointed Crockett County resident Dr. Brigham Scallion to a three-year term on the Council on Developmental Disabilities, representing the Northwest Development District.
The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a state government agency that works to bring positive change to the disability services system in Tennessee.
“I am really pleased to be a part of the work the Council is doing,” Dr. Scallion said. “People with disabilities have so much to offer our community, and I want to see us opening the door to more opportunities right here in Crockett County. I am really looking forward to helping the Council improve supports and bring information and education to our area.”
Dr. Scallion lives in Bells and is an assistant professor of biology at Dyersburg State Community College. He holds degrees from Pikeville College, the University of Memphis, Lambuth University and Jackson State Community College. He is the father of a teenage daughter with Down syndrome and volunteers with the Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee.
Dr. Scallion will meet with the full Council on Development Disabilities quarterly in Nashville and will serve as a representative in the local community. Her role will connect the Council’s statewide work to the needs in Crockett and surrounding counties. The Council on Developmental Disabilities’ work includes improving disability policies and practices, educating policymakers and the public, and partnering with public and private organizations to drive progress for people with disabilities.
“Our agency is unique in state government, because we’re here specifically to change the system, and because we are directly connected to the needs of local disability communities through our Council members,” said Executive Director Wanda Willis. “Brigham Scallion is an engaged advocate and a leader in the community, and his perspective on how we can continue to improve the lives of families touched by disability will be invaluable.”