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.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.”
This is the Special Olympics Athlete Oath. Last week, I was sitting amongst 2000 athletes and I heard them recite this oath prior to the opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games at UW Stevens Point. My son qualified in the Softball Throw and the 100 meter run.
Last week, as part of my continuing education, I participated in ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) training. As part of my last Partners in Policymaking class, we were reminded that the welcoming community already exists (even if we don’t always see it) and it’s waiting to be activated under the surface of your neighborhood, school, workplace, church and synagogue. You can activate, nurture, reinforce and deepen it, but only if you believe in it. While the contexts of both were related to the disability world, I couldn’t help but think of my community, Cudahy, and how this all relates.
From the US Department of Justice
This week marks the thirteenth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision inOlmstead v. L.C., where the Supreme Court recognized that the civil rights of people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are violated when they are unnecessarily segregated from the rest of society. The promise of Olmstead is that people with disabilities will have the opportunity to live like people without disabilities – to have friends, work, be part of a family, and participate in community activities. As the Department of Justice commemorates the anniversary of the Olmstead decision and reaffirms our commitment to its enforcement, we are pleased to present “Faces ofOlmstead,” a website profiling stories of some of the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by the Olmstead decision and the Department’s enforcement efforts.
Hard to believe those 6 months can go so fast. I am now a graduate of the inaugural Partners in Policymaking class in Wisconsin.
For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012