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 think that it should be mandatory that anytime a Legislator (Local, State or National) is going to vote on an issue, they spend time with those that will be most affected by their decision.
As many of you know, I was adamantly against the Special Education Voucher Bill. Those for the Bill presented this as an “option”. I thought that the bill had too many flaws to make this a real “option”. If you have an opportunity to attend a voucher school, but you are not told that you would be giving up your IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) rights, including your IEP’s, (Individualized Education Program) is this really an option?
Last week we worked on my son’s 8th grade IEP. In attendance was Rep Christine Sinicki, who just so happens sits on the Committee on Education in the Assembly. Sen Larson had some personal matters to attend to and was unable to attend, I know what they were and I completely understand.
Rep Sinicki now has a greater understanding of what the IEP process is all about. She asked questions to better understand the process. I thought that it was a great opportunity for any Legislator to experience what parents of students who have special needs go through every year, in some cases multiple times. I need to follow up with Rep Sincki to get some feedback, but I am sure that it was a great learning experience.
I want to thank Rep Sinicki for taking time out of her schedule to attend this meeting. Can you imagine if every Legislator took advantage of these types of opportunities with their constituents? How much more informed could they be?