President Joe Biden has designated Dorchester’s James T. Brett as Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Disabilities. Brett previously served on the committee under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, including as Chair from 2011 to 2013. In recent weeks, Brett was also recognized for his advocacy in support of people with disabilities, including honorary degrees from Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College. Jim also gave the commencement address to the class of 2022 at the Berkshire Hill Music Academy (BHMA) in South Hadley, MA. BHMA is a unique college-like program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brett served as a state representative from Dorchester for 15 years. Since 1996, he has served as president and CEO of the New England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business association.