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Why Not

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.

Team Game

When did sports become more about the individual then the team?  Other then maybe tennis, swimming, track and field and gymnastics, sports is about working together as a team. I was brought up that no one man was bigger then the team.

When we see commercials on TV for an upcoming game, the individuals are highlighted, not the team.  It is not the individual who wins or loses games, it is the team that wins and loses games.  At times, it makes coaching difficult. Kids see how the individual is highlighted for their accomplishments, yet they rarely see the consequences of failure.

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Special Education

As some of you may remember, one of my ideas while running for Mayor, included the idea of making something in the Cudahy Sckool District special/unique in an effort to bring families to Cudahy.  I know that my colleague Randy Hollenbeck has had similiar ideas.  I was told by some, that a unique idea from the schools would not bring people to Cudahy.

I was recently sent the following article in regards to class inclusion of those with special needs.  As you can see, there are families moving to Madison to have their children be a part of an inclusion program.  I think that the Cudahy School District has done a nice job at Lincoln of inclusion with my son Tyler, I can not speak for the other schools because I have no personal experience with them.

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Infrastructure

Why does this country wait until a tragic event occurs before they realize the importance of the infrastructure in this country?  Whether it be the bridge collapse in Minnesota a couple of years ago, the closing of the zoo interchange a couple of month's ago, cement falling from the County Courthouse, Hoan Bridge or parking structures in recent month's to the latest story of sidewalks in Cudahy.  To me, all Government thinks that by putting off needed maintenance on this country's infrastructure, they are keeping costs in check.  But what is the cost of delaying these updates?

By no means am I an expert on engineering, so I do not know what the useful life these types of things are.  But I do have enough common sense to know that they are not going to last forever.  I do realize that they need to be properly maintained to maybe extend their life an extra year or two, not indefinately. 

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State Fair

It is amazing how a family of 5 can attend State Fair on a budget and still go home satisfied after a full day. Lucky for us, the coupon books included all of the kids favorite items, grilled cheese sandwich's, baked potato's and pizza.

The family attended State Fair on Wednesday for about 6 or 7 hours. After listening to 2 kids complain that it was to hot to be outside and boring walking in circles inside, I was surprised when I heard them both say it was a fun day.  The had a Wii, bags toss and cow milking contest on a stage in the convention area.  I guess between that and the ice cream to end the day, they really did have a good time.

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Public Input for the next State Plan

As I began my bloggong career, I outlined what the Wisconsin Board For People with Developmental Disabilities does for individuals with developmental disabilities.  I outlined what we do as part of our State Plan to accomplish those goals.  We have started the process for our next State Plan that will run from 2012 through 2016.

On Wednesday, August 18, we will be holding a State Plan Input Cafe at the Arlington Court Housing Development, 1633 N Arlington Place, Milwaukee, from 3:00-6:00.

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Public Input Thoughts

On Wednesday, I helped to facilitate Public Input in relation to the next State Plan for BPDD.  Here are some of the thoughts that came out of that meeting. As we travel the State, I am sure that we will find new issues for people that are not an issue in the Milwaukee area.

Sensitivity training for bus drivers, waiting for the elderly/disabled to take their seat before moving.

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Freedom of Speech?

Where is the line drawn when it comes to Freedom of Speech?

I was sent the following article yesterday in regards to the abuse of the "R" word. (http://davehingsburger.blogspot.com/2010/08/people-who-are.html).  This was a very heart felt blog and hits home.

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State Capitol

For those who are looking for a quick and inexpensive day trip, why not consider a drive to our Stae Capitol in Madison.

We took a drive on Thursday to Madison.  The guided tour of the Capitol is free and takes about 45-50 minutes.  Our tour included stops in the Governor's meeting room, Supreme Court, Senate and House Assembly rooms.  My kids enjoyed the experience having been to the Capitol in Washington last summer.

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Cudahy Open House

From the City of Cudahy Website: http://www.cudahy-wi.gov/

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An Autistic Mind

 There are many times when I sit and wonder what is going on in Tyler's mind.  I get the feeling that he is more frustrated then I am when it comes to expressing himself.  I can sense that frustration and wish there was something that I could do about it.

I get asked why Tyler does some of the things that he does and I have to say that I do not have a good answer.  Tyler does not verbalize his thoughts, but expresses them in other ways.

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