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Aiken Named To National Panel On Mental Disabilities

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WASHINGTON — Raleigh native Clay Aiken has been appointed to serve on the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

President George W. Bush named 12 people to the panel.

Aiken, a pop singer and former "American Idol" contestant, is also well known for his work on behalf of people with autism. He launched the Bubel Aiken Foundation, which focuses on helping children with disabilities.

The committee advises the president and the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities.