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.
I spent the early part of the week attending the Information and Technical Assistance Center for Councils on developmental Disabilities (ITACC) seminar in Washington DC. This was to enhance my knowledge of being an effective Board member for the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD). Having just been elected to the Executive Committee for the next year, it was an opportunity for me to get a better understanding of my responsibilites and to learn from other Councils. There were members from all 50 states, yes even Alaska and Hawaii were in attendence, also represented was Guam. It was a great opportunity for me to hear how some other states are dealing with the same issues facing all of us.
I had the honor of speaking with the Commissioner of the Adminstration on Developmental Disabilities, Sharon Lewis. Sharon spoke of the challenges and uncertainty of the immediate and long term future for people with developmental disabilities.
I attended this conference with other Board and staff members of BPDD. One of the other Board members had never been to Washington before this trip, so he wanted to see a lot. Our schedule did not allow for much free time, but we did what we could.
Our hotel was 2 blocks form the Capitol. We walked around this building Sunday night when we arrived and talked about walking to the Washington Monument on Monday, after our meetings. We finally finished up with meetings and dinner about 8:00 and started our walk from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, along with our Executive Director. As we walked there is was so much activity going on in the mall. There were softball games going on on each corner of grass. Between the Capitol and the Washington Monument there was a movie in the park.
When we finally arrived at the Washington Monument, we walked around and we had a great view of the White House. I asked my fellow Board member if he wanted to continue to the Lincoln Memorial, he said sure. We continued our walk to the Lincoln Memorial. The next sight was the World War II Memorial, always awe inspiring. The Executive Director had not seen this Memorial yet, and both colleagues were equally impressed
It was disappointing to see that the Reflecting Pool was under construction, so we had to go around the Mall. We came up on the Vietnam Memorial before seeing the Lincoln Memorial. Other than the FDR Memorial, I think that the Lincoln Memorial is the best in Washington.
After spending some time at the Lincoln Memorial, we headed back down the Mall via the Korean War Memorial side of the under construction pool side. Neither of my walking mates had seen this Memorial.
The walk back was a good time for the three us reflect on what we we saw and also talked about the Board and where we see ourselves fitting in.
For those who have walked this route, I slept like a baby Monday night.