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September 11, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointment of Nancy Beal, of Jackson, to the Statewide Independent Living Council, which works to include individuals with disabilities in the mainstream of American society.


“I am proud that Nancy has accepted this position,” Governor Barbour said. “She knows the importance of making independent living available to all citizens, regardless of their disability. Nancy has a passion for promoting disability awareness and I feel confident she will serve successfully in this role.”


Beal has been employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) as an instructor in the Independent Living Services Program for the Blind since 1988. She completed the Leadership, Education, and Development for Rehabilitation Services (LEADRS) and the Basic Supervisors Course through the Mississippi Personnel Board.


She is a member of the Mississippi chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER) and has served this organization as secretary, newsletter editor, and board member. Beal is a volunteer with the Friends of Handicapped Readers at the Mississippi Library Commission and also volunteers with Preserve Sight doing vision screenings and special events. She received the Van Dyke Hagaman Award for Outstanding Casework in 2001 and 2005; the 2003 Outstanding Service Award to MAER and to the field of blindness; and the 2004 Sam Johnson Award for outstanding service to MAER.


Beal is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and home economics. She and her husband, Bruce, have two daughters.