The Cerebral Palsy Commission is the governing
board of directors for the J. D. McCarty Center
for children with developmental disabilities.
The commission was established in 1948, when what
is now the McCarty Center was converted from a
private treatment center, founded and operated
by the 40 et 8 of Oklahoma, to a state agency.
The 40 et 8 is a veterans organization that was
formed after World War I.
One way the 40 et 8 was
allowed to stay involved with the center they
had created was by nominating candidates for
the commission to the Governor of Oklahoma for
appointment. To date, most of the Cerebral Palsy
Commissioners have been members of the 40 et
8 of Oklahoma.
Commissioners are appointed
for three-year terms and maybe reappointed by
the Governor to a new three-year term.
Until 2004, the Cerebral
Palsy Commission was made up of three members.
In 2004, the McCarty Center asked for and received
a change in their statute that expanded the
commission to five members. The intent of this
change was to expand and diversify the knowledge,
skill base and perspective of the commission.
Members of the commission are still nominated
by the 40 et 8 of Oklahoma, but the nominees
are no longer exclusively members of the 40
The current Cerebral Palsy
Commission is composed of:
Joseph Steil, Noble,
Rob McCalla, Tecumseh,
Joe Sher, Norman,