I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
Good afternoon Governor Walker
While sitting in Church this morning, I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on how lucky I am to be able to be a father on Father's Day. I looked at my 3 kids, proud to be their father and started wondering what directions their lives will be taking in the coming years.
When I got to my oldest son, a 13 year old with endless dreams, I had thoughts on how we are going to be able to assist him to achieve those dreams. My son Tyler, as a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism. It was just one year ago on Father's Day that Tyler served his first Mass. With minimal assistance, Tyler has become an excellent altar server. He looks forward to it on his once a month schedule.
I was talking with families this weekend after our Challenger Baseball game, their biggest fear is who is going to help their children when they become adults. Most agreed that all their children need is some minimal assistance to be able to achieve their goals.
As an IRIS Consultant, I see everyday how this program is assisting individuals be able to live out their dreams. Individuals are living in their own homes, attending social events, working, exercising and spending their own money on consumer goods. All they need is some minimal assistance.
I am asking you to please remove the caps on Family Care from the State Budget. These programs are an integral part of the lives of so many Wisconsinites. By placing a cap on the programs, too many people will have to wait to get services and the chance to live out their dreams.
You have been a strong proponent of Family Care over the years. You were even quoted saying "If I did nothing else, I wanted to make sure Milwaukee County expanded Family Care to people under the age of 60 with developmental & physical disabilities, so that they in turn could see that waiting list eliminated like we did for older adults in this community."
Thank you for your consideration on this important issue to me and my family, along with many families across Wisconsin.